Monday, 22 August 2011

State Department of Education Meets Requirements of IDEA

News for Immediate Release
Aug. 19, 2011
State Department of Education Meets Requirements of IDEA
Harrisburg – Pennsylvania has earned the highest level possible under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Department of Education
has determined.
This year marks the fourth time in the past five years the state has received this
determination. Among the seven-largest states ranked by the number of students
with disabilities, this year, Pennsylvania is the only large state to achieve the
“meets requirements” status, as well as being one of 14 states to receive this
determination. The U.S. Department of Education began evaluating states in 2007.
Amended in 2004, IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early
intervention, special education and related services to children with disabilities from
birth to age 18 or 21. Specifically, Pennsylvania’s Department of Education meets
the requirements of IDEA’s Part B.
Under law, the U.S. Secretary of Education must make an annual determination
whether each state is adhering to the requirements of IDEA. The four required
categories include: does the state meet the requirements and purposes of IDEA;
does the state need assistance in implementing those requirements; does the state
need intervention in implementing those requirements; and does the state need
substantial intervention in implementing the requirements.
Each category provides various actions that the U.S. Department of Education must
impose on states, ranging from positive recognition for meeting the requirements to
enforcement measures that could result in the loss of federal funds.
In making the determination, the U.S. Department of Education considers each
state’s annual performance report, performance plan, information obtained through
federal monitoring visits, as well as other public information.
Media Contact: Tim Eller, 717-783-9802
Editor’s note: PDE’s Federal Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Performance Report can be
found at the Bureau of Special Education’s website. The direct link is:

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