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Subject: State Performance Plan/Evaluation of Missouri by OSEP
Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education, Special Education Contacts

Date: June 11, 2007

As you know, Missouri's State Performance Plan (SPP), required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), identified measurable and rigorous targets for Missouri in the area of twenty required indicators identified by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). On February 1, 2007, Missouri filed our Annual Performance Report (APR) with OSEP; this reported the state's performance on the indicators and targets. Both the SPP and APR are posted on our website at:
http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/DataCoord/index.html listed under the Data Reports Section (Part B). I encourage you to be familiar with these documents as the SPP drives our monitoring focus and reflects the connection between compliance and performance.

The APR of each state has been undergoing an evaluation process by OSEP these last few months. This evaluation involves a review of Missouri's performance on both the performance indicators (e.g. graduation rates, MAP achievement levels) and the compliance indicators (e.g. timely resolution of parent complaints). OSEP also reviews the state's ability to provide valid, reliable, and timely data for each of the indicators.
As a result of the evaluation, Missouri will shortly be notified, along with all other states and territories, of OSEP's determination on our performance. This notification will indicate whether the State:

o Meets the requirements and purposes of IDEA Part B;

o Needs assistance in implementing the requirements of Part B;

o Needs intervention in implementing the requirements of Part B; or,

o Needs substantial intervention in implementing the requirements of Part B.

We will let you know as soon as we receive our notification and share with you any ramifications this "determination" may have on responsible public agencies in Missouri.

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Jefferson City, MO 65102
Email:  webreplyspe@dese.mo.gov
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