The Office of Special Education Programs in administration of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 have identified 14 Part C and 20 Part B Indicators for which the Iowa Department of Education must annually report at the state AEA and local school district levels. Targets have been established to determine annual growth as well as a 6-year target for 2011. Annual data will be released to the public in the fall of each year.
Indicators are clustered under Essential Questions at the State and AEA levels and under Outcome areas at the local school district level, with performance criteria established to identify the compliance status of AEAs and local school districts.
Legal Requirements and Reports
Under IDEA 2004 [20USC 1416(b)(2)], Iowa is required to establish measurable and rigorous targets, use the established targets to analyze the performance of each local education agency and report annually to the public the performance of the state, area education agencies (AEAs) and local school districts.
Several key stakeholder groups were integral in the development of targets for the Part B and C Indicators. The process and identified stakeholders can be found on pages 1 and 2 of the State Performance Plan, Part B and Part C.