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North Dakota “Meets Requirements” under section 616 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  June 28, 2016

Annually, the U.S. Department of Education makes a determination as to whether states meet the requirements and the purposes of Part B of the IDEA.

Each state’s 2016 determination is based on the totality of the state’s data and information which includes the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) , other state-reported data, and other publicly available information.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) used, for the third year in a row, both results and compliance data in making determinations in 2016. OSEP used a matrix for calculating the State’s Compliance and Results Scores. The two scores were combined to calculate the state’s Results Driven Accountability Percentage and Determination (RDA).

The Results Matrix reflected the following results data:
  • The percentage of Children with Disabilities(CWD)  participating in regular state assessments;
  • The percentage of CWD Scoring Basic or above on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP);
  • The percentage of CWD who graduated with a regular high school diploma; and
  • The percentage of CWD who dropped out.
The Compliance Matrix reflected the following compliance data:
  • The state’s FFY 2014 data for Part B Compliance Indicators 4B, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 (including whether the state reported valid and reliable data for each indicator); and whether the state demonstrated correction of all findings of non-compliance it had identified in the FFY 2013 under such indicators;
  • The timeliness and accuracy of state reported data;
  • The timeliness of state Complaint and Due Process Hearing decisions; and
  • Any longstanding non-compliance.
The state's percentage was calculated by adding 50% of the State’s Results Score and 50% of the state’s Compliance Score. To receive a “Meets Requirements” RDA Determination the averaged percentage must be at least 80%. N.D. scored 83.34% which falls into the “Meets Requirements” level.

States were also required to submit Phase II of the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) by April 1, 2016. The NDDPI is currently awaiting feedback on N.D.’s submission of this improvement plan.

For additional information on North Dakota’s 2016 Determination please contact Gerry Teevens at the NDDPI Office of Special Education: 701-328-2277

Complete SPP/APR information can be found at the NDDPI website, which will include the State’s SPP/APR, the State Profile, as well as all of OSEP’s information used to make ND’s RDA Determination.

Mark your calendars…

NDDPI will be hosting a professional development day on November 15, 2016 (in Bismarck) and November 17, 2016 (in West Fargo) for:

ED Teachers ~ Strategists ~ School Psychologists
Social Workers ~ School Counselors

Professionals will get an in depth look at the    NEW      NDDPI

Educational Guidelines for Serving Students with Emotional Disturbances as well as training on functional behavioral assessments and behavior  intervention plans.

Registration information will be available soon.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Valerie Bakken, NDDPI Special Education Regional Coordinator at 701-328-2720.