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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Part C State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report

Source: Dr. Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: System Point of Entry Directors, Service Coordinators, EI Providers, and others interested in early intervention services for children ages birth to three (3).

Date: January 28, 2011

We have filed the Annual Performance Report (APR) and revised 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 14 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 and activities the state will undertake to improve compliance and performance.  Per OSEP instructions, the targets and improvement activities in this SPP have been extended for two years to 2012-2013.

The APR is a report of the state's performance on the indicators and targets established in the SPP, due February 1 of each year.  Both the SPP and APR are posted on our website at:  http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/SPPpage.html.

I encourage you to be familiar with the SPP and APR as the SPP drives our monitoring focus and reflects the connection between compliance and performance. 

Thank you for your continued hard work on behalf of infants and toddlers with disabilities.