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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

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LEADETERMINATIONS

AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR LOCAL DISTRICTS

table of contents
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
  • Needs Assistance 2 Districts
  • Appeals Process
  • Public Reporting
what are determinations
What Are Determinations?
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), Section 616 requires each State to make determinations on the performance of each local district.
  • The U.S. Department of Education through the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is also required to engage in making a Determination for every State and U.S. Territory.
  • Determinations are a way of designating the status of each LEA program in relation to one of the four following categories:
    • Meets Requirements
    • Needs Assistance
    • Needs Intervention
    • Needs Substantial Intervention
considerations for making determinations
Considerations For Making Determinations

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.

spp indicators
Compliance Indicators

Disproportionality (9 &10)

Child Find (11)

Early Childhood Transition (12)

Secondary Transition Plans (13)

General Supervision (15)

Complaints (16)

Due Process (17)

Timely, Valid and Reliable Data (20)

Results Indicators

Graduation (1)

Dropout (2)

Assessment (3)

Discipline (4)

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.

2008 2009 illinois lea determination indicator requirements
2008-2009 Illinois LEA Determination Indicator Requirements
  • Each State may choose whether to consider results indicators when making determinations.
  • All States are required to consider the following data when making determinations based on the 2008-2009 school year data:
    • Indicators 9: Disproportionate Representation in Special Education
    • Indicator 10: Disproportionate Representation in Specific Disability Categories
    • Indicator 11: Child Find
    • Indicator 12: Early Intervention to Early Childhood Transition
    • Indicator 13: Secondary Transition
    • Indicator 15: General Supervision, Uncorrected Noncompliance
    • Indicator 20: Timely, Valid and Reliable data submissions
    • IDEA Part B Audit Findings
stakeholder involvement in determination process
Stakeholder Involvement in Determination Process
  • ISBE convened a small stakeholder group comprised of

representatives from:

    • Regional Offices of Education (ROEs)
    • Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA)
    • Illinois State Advisory Council for Children with Disabilities (ISAC)
    • Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE)
    • Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT)
    • Illinois Education Association (IEA)
changes to the process
Changesto the Process

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.

indicators 9 10 resources
Indicators 9 & 10 Resources

The following tools and resources may be accessed from the LEA

Determinations link found at www.isbe.net/spec-ed

  • Illinois’ Process for Determining and Addressing Disproportionality in Special Education
  • Weighted and Alternate Risk Ratios
  • District Self-Assessment
  • District Status Report
  • Disproportionality PowerPoint Presentation
  • Methods for Assessing Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education: A Technical Assistance Guide
  • October 2, 2008 Conference Call Audio Cast
  • Special Education Disproportionality FAQ
  • Use of IDEA Part B Funds for Early Intervening Services
indicators 11 12 resources
Indicators 11 & 12 Resources

The following resources may be accessed from the LEA Determinations

link found at www.isbe.net/spec-ed

Indicator 11:

  • Special Education Funding and Child Tracking System Instructions
  • Illinois School Code (Section 105 ILCS 5/14-8.02)
  • State Performance Plan Indicator 11 Resource Guide

http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/pdfs/indicator_11_res_guide.pdf

Indicator 12:

  • Designing and Implementing Effective Early Childhood Transition Processes
  • Overview of IDEA/SPP Early Childhood Transition Requirements
  • When I’m 3, Where Will I Be? A Family’s Transition Workbook
  • Early Intervention to Early Childhood Tracking Form Video Training
  • Early Intervention to Early Childhood Transition FAQ
  • Early Intervention to Early Childhood Tracking Form
  • Statewide Collaborative Transition Training Presentation
  • Early Intervention to Early Childhood Federal Register Citations
  • Extended School Year Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Early Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education Transition Memorandum - October 2005
  • Child Find Screening, Data Collection Form 
  • Illinois School District's Responsibility Toward Early Intervention
  • Intergovernmental Agreement
indicator 15 indicator 20 and audit resources
Indicator 15, Indicator 20 and Audit Resources
  • Indicator 15: September 3, 2008 OSEP FAQ Regarding Identification and Correction of Noncompliance and Reporting on Correction in the SPP/APR at: http://spp-apr-calendar.rrfcnetwork.org/explorer/view/id/530
  • Indicator 20: Forum Guide to Building a Culture of Quality Data: A School & District Resource
  • Audits: IDEA Part B Grants link on the ISBE website: http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/html/idea_part-b.htm
na2 districts
NA2 Districts
  • For districts designated as NA2, ISBE, in accordance with Section 616(e) of IDEA and 34 CFR 300.604, must take one or more enforcement actions. Such actions include:
    • advising districts of available sources of technical assistance that may help them address the area(s) in which they need assistance
    • directing the use of funds on the area or areas in which the district needs assistance or
    • identifying the district as a high-risk grantee and imposing special conditions on the district’s IDEA Part B grant award.
  • ISBE has chosen to advise districts of available sources of technical assistance that may help them address the Indicator area(s) in which they need assistance.
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NA2 Districts
  • If your district’s LEA Determination letter indicates a designation of “NA2” your district is required to add an objective regarding technical assistance resources under Section II – Action Plan in the District Improvement Plan (DIP) found on the Illinois Interactive Report Card (IIRC) website.
  • Strategies and activities related to special education must be incorporated into the existing DIP to ensure alignment with current district initiatives.
  • Districts are encouraged to access technical resources for their specific SPP Indicators.
iirc district improvement plan
IIRC District Improvement Plan

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 gwilliam@isbe.net:

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

template.

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IIRC District Improvement Plan
  • Once districts have accessed their 2009 DIP they will select “Manage Objectives” under Section II to add an objective related to technical assistance resources. Districts must complete only Part A under Section II by developing the objective itself, and then describing the objective by addressing 1) the technical assistance sources from which they received, or will receive assistance and 2) what actions they took or plan to take in the immediate future as a result of the technical assistance.
  • Districts are encouraged to access the technical assistance resources for their specific SPP Indicators on the ISBE Special Education webpage found at www.isbe.net/spec-ed.html/lea_determinations.htm. Additional resources are located on the Regional Resource & Federal Center Network website at http://spp-apr-calendar.rrfcnetwork.org/.
  • Please note DIPs must be submitted to the ISBE consultant outlined in your LEA Determinations letter no later than June 1, 2010, via the IIRC e-Plans website. Districts will need to notify their ISBE consultant via e-mail once they have completed their plan. The consultant will then access the plan and review it for approval.
iirc district improvement plan website
IIRC District Improvement Plan Website

Click “District” then enter your district name and click “Go”

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IIRC District Improvement Plan Website

Log in to e-Plans for your district.

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IIRC District Improvement Plan Website

After entering your district’s username and password, click “Submit”

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IIRC District Improvement Plan Website

Select “Edit” to modify your Improvement Plan.

iirc district improvement plan required sections
IIRC District Improvement Plan Required Sections

Select “Manage Objectives” to add an Objective to Section II

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IIRC District Improvement Plan Required Sections

Select “Add More Objectives”

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IIRC District Improvement Plan Required Sections

Insert a title, such as “NA2 Requirement”

List specific technical assistance resources accessed and the actions taken as a result of accessing those resources.

appeals process
Appeals Process

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.

  • Per Indicator 20 of the Illinois State Performance Plan, appeals cannot be based on instances in which inaccurate district data was submitted to ISBE. Appeals based on inaccurate district submitted data will not be accepted.
  • ISBE must use federal reporting guidelines to calculate each LEA’s performance in relation to the SPP Indicators. Therefore, appeals based on disputes with the prescribed measurement, will not be accepted.

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

documentation.

public reporting
Public Reporting

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.