The feds indicated that less than half the states meet the obligations under the special education law. The U.S. Department of education just reported that 19 states qualified to meet requirements which was designations for 2013-2014 school year. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The education department must evaluate states on an annual basis. The ratings carry a significant weight when it comes to meeting all requirements. When a state fails to meet the requirements for two years or more. The department of education would step in and take action, which would include corrective action plan or withholding funds and among other steps to help correct all issues. This is the second year that the department of education relied on stricter measures to assess compliance.
The previous states were graded based on adhering to procedural requirements like completing evaluations or due process hearing. The Feds are taking into account students performance and functional outcomes for kids with disabilities. Which this would take into account as well for an addition compliance. The states were notified by letters dated 30th of June. About their standing. This is the ninth consecutive year, the Feds said that Washington, DC “needs intervention.” The same designation was given to the state of Texas for the second year in a row.
The states that were determined to “meets requirements” for 2013-2014 school year are Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. There’s still more to do to make sure all needs are met for all students and no matter if someone is in special education classes or not. Every student should have the ability to have a good education. It also doesn’t help that the department of education can take funds away from schools that maybe struggling to meet the obiligations there’s no excuse for the schools not keeping up with this obiligation to meet the special Ed requirements. I think there is other ways to go about correcting the issue of special education requirements. It can hinder students to learn.