The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires each state to develop a state performance plan/annual performance report (SPP/APR) that evaluates the state’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of Part B (ages 3 through 20) and Part C (birth to 3) of the IDEA and describes how the state will improve its implementation.
The SPP/APRs include indicators that measure child and family outcomes and other indicators that measure compliance with the requirements of the IDEA.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) uses information from the SPP/APR, information obtained through monitoring visits, and any other public information to annually determine if the state:
- Meets requirements in implementing the requirements of the IDEA
- Needs assistance in implementing the requirements of the IDEA
- Needs intervention in implementing the requirements of the IDEA
- Needs substantial intervention in implementing the requirements of the IDEA
For the 2016-17 school year (the most recent determination), OSEP determined that the Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE):
- needs assistance in implementing the requirements of Part B of the IDEA;
- and meets requirements in implementing the requirements of Part C of the IDEA.
As a result, the Maine DOE has accessed technical assistance provided by federally-funded agencies and is working with schools to improve student outcomes and implementation of the IDEA.