LEA DETERMINATIONS. AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR LOCAL DISTRICTS. TABLE OF CONTENTS. LEA Determinations and Considerations for Making Determinations Illinois State Performance Plan and Stakeholder Involvement In the Determinations Process 2008-2009 LEA Determinations Criteria and Resources
AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR LOCAL DISTRICTS
ISBE has submitted a six-year State Performance Plan (SPP), as well as the corresponding Annual Performance Reports (APRs), to OSEP as required by IDEA. The SPP contains 20 data-based indicators, which are used to evaluate a state’s performance and progress. These indicators are separated into two categories by the federal government:
(1) Compliance Indicators measure compliance within the district compared with IDEA regulations.
(2) Results Indicators measure the performance of students with disabilities within the district.
Disproportionality (9 &10)
Child Find (11)
Early Childhood Transition (12)
Secondary Transition Plans (13)
General Supervision (15)
Due Process (17)
Timely, Valid and Reliable Data (20)
EE Ages 6-21 (5)
EE Ages 3-5 (6)
Early Childhood Outcomes (7)
Parent Involvement (8)
Post-School Outcomes (14)
Resolution Sessions (18)
Mediation Agreements (19)SPP Indicators
Note: For more information, please visit http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/pdfs/state_performance.pdf.
The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) notified States of a change in the Indicator 13 measurement for the 2008-2009 school year. As such, States were informed that due to this change in measurement, these data are not required to be publically reported or used in LEA Determinations for FFY08 (2008-2009 school year data). These data will be required to be reported for FFY09 (2009-2010 school year data). Districts reported Indicator 13 data (2009-2010 school year data) will be included in the 2009-2010 LEA Determinations cycle.
ISBE was notified through OSEP that States must make findings of noncompliance based on data reported by the LEAs through State Data System(s). Therefore, ISBE is required to make findings for any single instance of noncompliance found within a district regardless of the district’s LEA Determination. Further, these findings must be made outside of LEA Determinations process.
The following tools and resources may be accessed from the LEA
Determinations link found at www.isbe.net/spec-ed
The following resources may be accessed from the LEA Determinations
link found at www.isbe.net/spec-ed
District Improvement Plans (DIPs) for districts designated as “Needs Assistance
For Two Consecutive Years (NA2)” must be submitted via the Illinois Interactive
Report Card e-Plans by June 1, 2010.
The DIP template is found at http://iirc.niu.edu//. The school district superintendent
may access the template by entering the district username and password already
provided to the district.
Usernames and passwords can be obtained by e-mailing email@example.com:
please identify your region-county-district code. If the school district has an existing
DIP, strategies and activities related to special Education must be incorporated into the existing plan to ensure alignment with current district initiatives. This can be accomplished by revising existing strategies and activities or adding new ones or by creating strategies and activities for a new objective.
Districts without an existing DIP only need to complete Section II of the DIP
Click “District” then enter your district name and click “Go”
Log in to e-Plans for your district.
After entering your district’s username and password, click “Submit”
Select “Edit” to modify your Improvement Plan.
Select “Manage Objectives” to add an Objective to Section II
Select “Add More Objectives”
Insert a title, such as “NA2 Requirement”
List specific technical assistance resources accessed and the actions taken as a result of accessing those resources.
Districts wishing to appeal their determination must submit a written appeal
and supporting documentation by April 30, 2010 to the ISBE consultant
identified in the last paragraph of the LEA Determination letter.
Each appeal will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by ISBE staff.
Districts are encouraged to discuss their intent to appeal with their ISBE
Consultant before formally submitting a written appeal with supporting
ISBE will direct any inquires regarding local district determinations to the district. ISBE encourages districts to develop a plan regarding how to share determination information with their stakeholders. Furthermore, districts are encouraged to share local determination information with the local union leadership.