IDEA Monitoring Process

States have a responsibility under federal law to establish a system of general supervision to monitor the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 by educational agencies.

As part of  Ohio’s system of general supervision, the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children developed a comprehensive monitoring system for implementation of IDEA and continuous improvement. The overall goal of the Department’s IDEA monitoring system is to provide educational agencies the support and resources to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
The monitoring system includes three tiers of support:

Each review involves a different level of support and resources from the Department and regional state support teams. All educational agencies are reviewed every year through the Tier 1: Compliance and Performance Indicator Reviews.  Educational agencies may also be selected for a Tier 2 Guided IDEA Self-Review or a Tier 3 IDEA Monitoring Review.

For Preschool IDEA Monitoring Process Guides and related resources, please click here

Office Hours: Tips and Resources from The Supports and Monitoring Department

Calendar-3.pngThe Office for Exceptional Children Supports and Monitoring Team will hold monthly Office Hour meetings. These monthly meetings will be geared to Special Education Directors. The team will highlight IDEA Monitoring Resources and Tools and frequently asked questions regarding compliance.
Please join us by clicking on the meeting link below:

Please reach out to Donna Horn for any questions at

Powerpoint presentations from previous OEC Supports and Monitoring Team Office Hour sessions are below:
February 7, 2024
December 13, 2023
October 4, 2023

Professional Learning Community Event

On Aug. 9, 2023,  the Office for Exceptional Children hosted a Professional Learning Community Event.  The meeting provided participants with information regarding the IDEA Monitoring Review process.  Presenters included two districts  and their state support teams sharing their experiences with completing a monitoring review.  The Office for Exceptional Children also presented information on preparing for a review and resources and tools that are available for all districts.  The recording of the meeting and documents shared can be accessed here.

IDEA Monitoring Process Guide

This Guide provides an overview of OEC’s IDEA Monitoring Processes.  It includes tools and resources for educational agencies selected for either a Tier 2 Guided IDEA Self-Review or a Tier 3 IDEA Monitoring Review. 


As part of the Tier 3 IDEA Monitoring Process, educational agencies are required to inform parents of the monitoring review through a notice of review letter provided by the Department. The Department also provides the educational agencies a recorded presentation overview of the monitoring process to post on their website.  The notice of review letter and the presentation provide parents with Department contact information to submit general comments or concerns regarding the special education program and services provided by the educational agency. Parents have up to 30 calendar days after the review date to submit comments to the Department. Below are the current notices of review letters for parental input which contain links to the recorded presentation:

Click here  for a transcript of the recorded presentation.

Resources and Tools 

2023-2024 IDEA Monitoring reviews

Below is the list of districts selected for a Tier 3 IDEA Monitoring Review for the 2023-2024 school year:

IRN District
(and Link to Report)
SST Region Review Date Week of  County
044792 South Euclid-Lyndhurst City 3 9/11/2023 Cuyahoga
133561 Millennium Community School 11 10/16/2023 Franklin
051391 Maplewood Career Center 8 10/23/2023 Portage
070615 Gallia County Board of DD 16 12/4/2023 Gallia
009997 KIPP Columbus 11 1/22/2024 Franklin
142919 Black River Career Prep High School 2 2/19/2024 Lorain
044909 Toledo City 1 3/11/2024 Lucas
048686 Jefferson Township Local 10 4/8/2024 Montgomery

2022-2023 IDEA Monitoring Reviews

2022-2023 IDEA Monitoring Review Process Guide

Below is the list of districts reviewed during the 2022-2023 school year, along with a link to each of the district's IDEA Monitoring Review Summary Report:

IRN District
(and link to Report)
SST Region Review Date
Week of
013249 Academy for Urban Scholars Youngstown 5 9/26/2022 Mahoning
044222 Lima City 6 10/10/2022 Allen
143644 Sciotoville Community School 15 11/7/2022 Scioto
069682 East Guernsey Local 12 12/5/2022 Guernsey
051722 Wayne County Career Center 9 1/23/2023 Wayne
149088 Fairborn Digital Academy 10 2/6/2023 Greene
061903 Adams County Ohio Valley Local 14 2/27/2023 Adams
044081 Winton Woods City 13 3/13/2023 Hamilton
047894 Riverside Local 4 3/27/2023 Lake
046847 Amanda-Clearcreek Local 11 5/1/2023 Fairfield

2021 IDEA Monitoring Reviews

2021 IDEA Monitoring Process Guide
Below are OEC's summary reports of the monitoring reviews conducted in 2021:
Goal Digital Academy
Ohio Valley Educational Service Center
Zanesville City School District
Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio

2019-2020 IDEA Monitoring Reviews 

2019-2020 IDEA Monitoring Process Guide
Below are OEC's  summary reports of the onsite reviews conducted during the 2019-2020 school year:
Achieve Career Prep Academy
Alternative Education Academy (OHDELA)
Ashtabula Area City
Barberton City
Bridge Gate Community School
Buckeye Central Local
Cleveland Hts.-University Hts. City
Crestline Exempted Village
Dayton City
Mason Run High School 
North College Hill City
Paint Valley Local
Richmond Hts. Local
Trimble Local
Warren City
Wildwood Environmental Academy 

Last Modified: 4/12/2024 10:26:14 AM