The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), which is required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to monitor states’ compliance with special education requirements, is rethinking its accountability system and wants to shift the balance from a system focused primarily on compliance to one that puts more emphasis on results. OSEP believes it is critical that resources be aligned to and support improved educational results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities.
Over the next few months, OSEP will be asking questions to gain stakeholders’ perspective on what should be included in the new accountability system. Each question will be posted for a two-week period during which time you will have the opportunity to provide your ideas. OSEP plans to post new questions every two weeks so that stakeholders can comment on various aspects of this effort to move to a Results-Driven Accountability system.
The current question focuses on the relationship between improvement of educational results and functional outcomes, and implementation of IDEA requirements. You can read and respond to this question by visiting the DOE blog.