Ohio's Special Education Determination

Every year, each state receives a rating on its implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), known as its determination. The U.S. Department of Education uses both procedural compliance and student results data, giving each equal weight, to evaluate each state’s performance. These data result in one of four determinations — Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention or Needs Substantial Intervention.

For the second consecutive year, Ohio has received the highest rating of Meets Requirements, as detailed in this letter and performance matrix. For additional details about how 2019 determinations were calculated, click here.

The state’s 2019 scores are similar to those for 2018 across the measures included in the determination. Ohio continues to score 100% on the compliance measures, while demonstrating some improvement in the rate of students with disabilities taking standard state assessments.

Ohio’s lowest scoring measure continues to be the percentage of students with disabilities who graduate by meeting the same requirements as students without disabilities. That rate dropped from 35% for Ohio’s 2018 determination to 31% for the 2019 determination.

After receiving Ohio’s annual determination, the Ohio Department of Education makes determinations of the special education program in each district, known in Ohio as Special Education Ratings.  

Last Modified: 6/26/2019 11:32:28 AM