IDEA State and LEA Determinations

State Determinations

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) requires the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to make annual determinations of each state's performance on IDEA Part-B requirements:

  • meets requirements;
  • needs assistance;
  • needs intervention; or
  • needs substantial intervention.

State determinations are based on each state's Annual Performance Report (APR), information from monitoring, audit findings and other public information.

Ohio's 2013 special education determination is Meets Requirements.

LEA Determinations

IDEA requires state education agencies to make annual determinations on the performance of special education programs operated by LEAs that receive federal IDEA Part-B funding. States make LEA determinations using the same criteria OSEP uses in making determinations of states' performance.

To make LEA determinations states must consider:

  • Performance on compliance indicators;
  • Whether data submitted by LEAs are valid, reliable and timely;
  • Uncorrected noncompliance from other sources; and
  • Any findings from state financial audits conducted during the determination year.

2013 Determinations

The Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) sent 2013 determinations to LEAs in June. These determinations were primarily based on data from the 2011-2012 school year, per federal requirements. OEC posted each LEA’s determination materials to www.edresourcesohio.org/OECdeterminations.

The 2013 determinations assess LEA performance on the following IDEA compliance indicators:

  • Indicator 4b – Disproportionality in discipline;
  • Indicator 9 – Disproportionality in special education;
  • Indicator 10 – Disproportionality in specific disability categories;
  • Indicator 11 – Child find (initial evaluation timelines);
  • Indicator 12 – Early childhood transition;
  • Indicator 13 – Secondary transition;
  • Indicator 15 – Timely correction of noncompliance; and
  • Indicator 20 – Timely, valid and reliable data.

Determinations also take into account audit findings related to the use of IDEA funds. This potentially affects LEAs that had findings from the Ohio Auditor of State’s office during the 2011-2012 school year.

Appeal Process

LEAs that wish to appeal their determination must submit a completed appeal form and supporting documentation by August 16, 2013 to OEC.  LEAs considering an appeal are encouraged to contact OEC at determinations@education.ohio.gov prior to submission.

Public Reporting

Beginning with 2005-2006 data, states have been required to annually report to the public on the performance of each LEA on a subset of special education indicators. OEC posts this report to the department website each year. 

In May, 2013, states were required to report on the 2012 determination given to each LEA as part of Table 8 for the IDEA Section 618 data submitted to OSEP each year. Table 8 collects data on maintenance of effort (MOE) reduction and coordinated early intervening services (CEIS).

OEC has included the 2012 LEA determinations in the public report of special education data on ODE's website. OEC will add the 2013 LEA determination to this report in August, 2013.

  • Click here to view the public report of LEA special education data.

Last Modified: 2/19/2014 3:03:06 PM