Ohio's Special Education Profiles
Click here to access the Special Education Profile for any district.
What 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 the academic growth of groups of students 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 2016-2017 Special Education Profile is the final special education program data that districts submitted through the state’s Education Management Information System (EMIS) for the 2015-2016
school year. The Special Education Profile also reflects a district’s performance on each indicator in the four previous years.
Results 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.
The Department sends emails to superintendents, special education contacts and community school sponsors with the login information needed to access their online profile reports.
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 files below contain several columns for each indicator required in the annual public data report. The file also contains a "Data Notes" worksheet featuring a brief description of each indicator.
The spreadsheets for each annual report have an “automatic filtering” function. This filtering makes it possible for a reader using a version of Excel from 2003 or later to see the results of a single district, results from all districts that have specific data between selected values or all districts in a specific county or region.
The 2016-2017 profile assesses districts’ performance on these compliance measures:
2016-2017 Special Education Profile criteria – what we measure
- 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 2016-2017 profile also includes data on the following performance indicators:
- Graduation rates (Indicator 1);
- Dropout rates (Indicator 2);
- Participation and performance on state assessments (indicator 3);
- Least restrictive environment for school-age students (indicator 5);
- Least restrictive environment for preschool students (indicator 6);
- Preschool results (indicator 7);
- Parent involvement (indicator 8); and
- Post-school results (indicator 14).
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. "NR" means that the data for an indicator are not reported due to small group size, to ensure student privacy. "NR" also can mean that the district or school reported no students for the indicator. Not all districts and community schools will have data for all indicators.
For a detailed explanation of the indicators and their measurements see SPP/APR District-Level Data Reported to the Public.
For more information on the calculation of indicators taken directly from the Ohio School Report Card’s, click here.
How to contact your district
Districts and community schools report their special education contacts through the Ohio Educational Directory System. Contact names, addresses and phone numbers are available here. The contact information is current as of April 3, 2017, and will be updated annually.
Last Modified: 4/17/2017 9:04:42 AM