Department of Education launches new website to solicit input into how it monitors states’ compliance with provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), would like to change the way it monitors states’ compliance with provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Currently, the system measures dropout rates, suspension and expulsion rates, percent of time spent in the general education classroom, parental involvement and other indicators.  OSEP would like to move to a monitoring system that looks at student outcomes.   OSEP has created a website where it has posed a series of questions and wants input from stakeholders.  Individuals may share their ideas for how to ensure that students with disabilities do well in school.