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Special Education Listserv

Subject: State Performance Plan and OSEP's Evaluation of Missouri's Part B Program

Source: Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education, Special Education Contacts

Date: July 2, 2012

For Your Information:

Missouri received notification recently 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 "Meets Requirements."  For an explanation of the Determinations process, you should review the information on page 33 of the Program Monitoring Manual at the following web address:

http://dese.mo.gov/se/documents/SpeEdMonManual.pdf.  

To view the Determination letter to Missouri, Response Table, and Explanation of Determination go to http://dese.mo.gov/se/SPPpage.html (under the Response and Determinations Section). 

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 January 27, 2012, 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:

http://dese.mo.gov/se/SPPpage.html.  

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

Later today a letter will be sent electronically to the superintendent of each responsible public agency in the state, with a copy to the special education contact, informing them of their agency's Determination.  The letter includes a determination category for each agency evaluating the agency's progress on some of the State Performance Plan (SPP) targets.  An explanation of the indicators evaluated and the agency's performance on each one is also included with the letter.

Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of students with disabilities and for making Missouri look good.