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Subject: State Performance Plan and OSEP's Evaluation of Missouri's Part B Program
Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education, Special Education Contacts

Date: June 20, 2007

As explained in a SELS on June 11, 2007, http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Listserv_Archives.html (click on SELS Archive), Missouri has been awaiting notification of its evaluation.

Missouri received notification on June 18, 2007, that the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has completed its evaluation of Missouri's performance and has identified Missouri in the determination category of "Needs Assistance." Go to the following websites to view:

OSEP fact sheet -

Determination letter to Missouri -

Response Table -

Explanation of Determination -

Missouri's State Performance Plan (SPP), required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), provided measurable and rigorous targets for Missouri in the area of 20 required indicators identified by 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. Go to our website to view:

SPP - http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/DataCoord/PDF/MOPrtBSPP2107.pdf
APR - http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/DataCoord/PDF/MOPartBAPR0506.pdf

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 underwent an evaluation process by OSEP these last few months. This evaluation involved a review of Missouri's performance on all of the indicators, as well as, a review of the state's ability to provide valid, reliable, and timely data for each of the indicators.

Missouri is one of 41 states receiving this specific determination.  Other determination options included "Meets the Requirements" (9 states received this determination), "Needs Intervention in Implementing the Requirements of Part B" (10 states received this determination), or "Needs Substantial Intervention" (no state in this category).

We will be analyzing our report over the next few weeks to determine the necessary actions the state will take to improve our next APR due February 1, 2008.

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Jefferson City, MO 65102
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