Every state faces the daunting task of ensuring their local education agencies (LEAs) are in compliance with state and federal regulations for their special education students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
"In many states, the long-standing history of noncompliance with
the requirements of IDEA by LEAs is due primarily to the SEA's failure to
develop and implement an effective special education monitoring system - one
that both identifies and corrects deficiencies in the LEA's policies and
-Southern Disability Law Center 2002 Report
IDEA Performance Monitoring, a statewide web-based application specifically for state departments of education (SEAs), simplifies the traditionally slow, cumbersome paper process of monitoring compliance.
This data collection and analysis application makes instituting a continuous and focused monitoring process much more timely, efficient, and cost-effective:
- Ensures quicker turnaround and data analysis
- Provides more effective communication with LEAs on improvement areas
- Provides longitudinal data for both SEA and LEA levels
- Provides critical data required by the Annual Performance Reports (APR) and State Performance Plan (SPP) quickly