Subject: State Performance Plan/Annual
Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner
Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education, Special Education
contacts, and others interested in special education services for children
age 3 to 21
Date: April 9, 2007
On December 2, 2005, a SELS message was sent out to announce the completion
and filing of the State Performance Plan (SPP). The SPP, required under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and filed with the U. S.
Department of Education, was developed with input from stakeholders and is
the document that drives our monitoring focus. This document, which connects
compliance and performance, is used to evaluate each state's efforts in
implementing IDEA. The SPP includes 20 required indicators identified by the
U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
(both compliance and performance related), baseline data reflecting the
state's efforts to implement IDEA; measurable and rigorous targets for a 6
year period (2006 to 2011); and, activities the state will undertake to
Each year, on February 1, beginning February 1, 2007, the state is required
to submit an Annual Performance Report (APR) to the U. S.
Department of Education. This APR is a report of the state's performance on
the indicators and targets established in the SPP. We filed our report on
February 1, 2007. Both the SPP and APR are posted on our web site at:
I encourage you to be familiar with the SPP and APR as we move forward with
making the connection between compliance and student performance.
While compliance is a necessary and required part of our monitoring process,
our focus continues to move more in the direction of performance indicators
and student performance. It is important that you share this information
with your staff, parents, and community.
Thank you for your continued hard work on behalf of students with