July 3, 2015

The US Dept. of Education has released its 2015 determinations of how states are implementing the IDEA. In 2014 the Department added a new procedure in making these determinations – known as a Results Matrix. The Results Matrix and the existing Compliance Matrix now make up what is called the “Results Driven Accountability Matrix (RDA).” The Department has made a few very significant changes to the Results Matrix in 2015. These include:

  • In 2014 states were evaluated on the performance gap between students with disabilities and all students on state assessments in reading and math. These elements have been ELIMINATED in 2015. Proficiency on state assessments is no longer part of the results matrix.
  • In 2015 the Department ADDED two new elements:
    • the percentage of students with disabilities exiting school by graduating with a regular diploma (this is a different calculation than the 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR) that states report each year under NCLB rules)
    • the percentage of students with disabilities exiting school by dropping out.

The Department has not yet posted details of each state’s determination. These should be available here in the coming days. (We reported details of the 2014 Results Matrix here.)

Meanwhile, here is a list of each State’s performance in meeting the requirements of IDEA Part B, which serves students with disabilities, ages 3 through 21 (also available here):

MEETS REQUIREMENTS
Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

NEEDS ASSISTANCE (one year)
Delaware, Federated States of Micronesia, Georgia, Ohio, Virgin Islands

NEEDS ASSISTANCE (two or more consecutive years)
Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia

NEEDS INTERVENTION (two consecutive years)
Texas

NEEDS INTERVENTION (four consecutive years)
Bureau of Indian Education

NEEDS INTERVENTION (nine consecutive years)
District of Columbia

IDEA identifies specific technical assistance or enforcement actions that the Department must take under specific circumstances for States that are not determined to “meet requirements.” If a State “needs assistance” for two consecutive years, the Department must take one or more enforcement actions, including, among others, requiring the State to access technical assistance, designating the State as a high-risk grantee, or directing the use of State set-aside funds to the area(s) where the State needs assistance. If a State “needs intervention” for three consecutive years, the Department must take one or more enforcement actions, including among others, requiring a corrective action plan or compliance agreement, or withholding further payments to the State.

Details on how the Department made the 2015 determinations are available here: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/data/report/idea/partbspap/2015/2015-part-b-how-determinations-made.pdf

The 2014 determinations are available here: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/data/report/idea/2014-chart-1.pdf