Ohio's Special Education Profiles

Click here to access the Special Education Profile for any district.

Gifted-Ed-1.jpgWhat are Special Education Profiles?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) established a series of special education “indicators” to measure each school district’s services and results for students with disabilities. The Ohio Department of Education works with stakeholders to set annual targets – or goals – for how districts should perform on these indicators. 

Every year, districts receive a Special Education Profile that shows whether they are meeting their goals, over time, for students with disabilities. The design of the Special Education Profile helps districts use data about services and outcomes for students with disabilities to keep improving their special education programs. This data gives schools answers about kindergarten readiness, achievement levels, preparedness for life beyond high school, and services for children with disabilities. 

The primary basis of each district’s 2018-2019 Special Education Profile is the final special education program data that districts submitted through the state’s Education Management Information System (EMIS) for the 2017-2018 school year. The Special Education Profile also reflects a district’s performance on each indicator in the four previous years.

ICON_StudentGrowth.pngResults for students with disabilities
The Special Education Profiles notify districts of their performance on the key indicators set forth by IDEA. Profiles also inform districts of any activities they must complete based on these indicators. The report includes data only about students with disabilities, unless otherwise shown.

Profile Reports
The department sends emails to superintendents, special education contacts and community school sponsors with instructions to access their profiles through the Secure Application for Enterprise (OH|ID) web portal. District users must have one of the following roles in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS), assigned by their district’s OEDS administrator, to access these reports:Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Superintendent Designee
  • Special Education Contact
  • Director-Special Education-General
  • Coordinator-Special Education-General
  • Supervisor-Special Education-General
  • Primary Contact-Sponsor
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Special Education Profile criteria – what we measure

The 2018-2019 profile assesses districts’ performance on these compliance measures:
  • Discipline discrepancies (Indicator 4a)
  • Disproportionality in discipline rates (Indicator 4b);
  • ​Disproportionality in special education (Indicator 9);
  • Disproportionality in specific disability categories (Indicator 10);
  • Initial (first) evaluation timelines (Indicator 11);
  • Transition to preschool (Indicator 12);
  • Transition from high school (Indicator 13);
  • Timely correction of noncompliance (Indicator 15); and
  • Submission of valid, reliable and timely data (Indicator 20).

The 2018-2019 profile also includes data on the following performance indicators:

  • Graduation rates (Indicator 1);
  • Graduation by standard requirements;
  • Dropout rates (Indicator 2);
  • Participation and performance on state assessments (Indicator 3); 
  • Participation in Alternate Assessments for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities;
  • Least restrictive environment for school-age students (Indicator 5); 
  • Least restrictive environment for preschool students (Indicator 6);
  • Preschool outcomes (Indicator 7); 
  • Parent involvement (Indicator 8); and
  • Post-school outcomes (Indicator 14).

Profile Data
In the public version of each district’s profile, to ensure student privacy the Department masks indicators for which there are fewer than 10 students included in the calculation. These indicators are displayed as “NR”. “NR” may also mean that a district reported no students for that indicator. Not all districts and community schools have data for each indicator.

The Excel file below contains several columns for each indicator required in the annual public data report. The file also contains a "Data Notes" sheet featuring a brief description of each indicator.

To request special education indicator data from previous school years, please contact the Office for Exceptional Children

Where we get the data

When possible, Ohio has used data from its accountability system for district-level reporting. Thus, the columns for graduation rates (Indicator 1) and participation and performance on state tests (Indicator 3) contain the same Education Management Information System (EMIS) data used for creating Ohio School Report Cards, filtered to reflect results for only students with disabilities. 

For more information on the calculation of indicators taken directly from the Ohio School Report Cards, click here.

More information

For a detailed explanation of the indicators and their measurements see SPP/APR District-Level Data Reported to the Public.

How to contact your district 

Districts and community schools report their special education contacts through the Ohio Educational Directory System, available here.

Last Modified: 7/2/2020 10:25:50 AM