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KSDE receives highest level of achievement

Posted: Jun 17, 2016
Categories: KSDE
Author: Ann Bush

Ann Marie Bush, Communications Specialist     (785) 296-7921

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2016

KSDE receives highest level of achievement for
providing educational services to children with disabilities

TOPEKA – Kansas is one of 23 states that received the highest level of achievement determination in 2016 for providing educational services to children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The determination came from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

This is the eighth year Kansas has received this determination.

“I am very proud of the leadership of the special education directors in Kansas,” said Colleen Riley, director of KSDE’s Early Childhood, Special Education and Title Services team. “They collaborate with parents, school teams and the KSDE in order to provide quality supports and services to students with disabilities. Additionally, they work to follow the accountability requirements to help us achieve this high rating as a state.”

The U.S. Department of Education’s determination means Kansas meets the requirements and purposes of Part B of the IDEA.

OSEP in 2014 began evaluating states under a new "results-driven accountability (RDA)" matrix, which uses both results and compliance data in making its determination for states.

OSEP considered all state information, including the participation of children with disabilities (CWD) on regular statewide assessments; the participation and performance of CWD on the National Assessment of Educational Progress; exiting data on CWD who dropped out and CWD who graduated with a regular high school diploma; the state’s federal fiscal year 2014 State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report; information from monitoring and other public information, such as special conditions on a state’s grant award under Part B; and other issues related to state compliance with the IDEA.

The IDEA ensures all children with disabilities have a free, appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.

More information about the 2016 IDEA state determinations, visit http://1.usa.gov/1pMl8pw or http://bit.ly/29nPPlm.

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