Wednesday, August 13, 2008

FYI: PA Dept of Ed Seeking Public Comments on State Performance Plan

July 25, 2008

State Performance Plan Public Forums

From John J. Tommasini, Director, Pennsylvania Dept of Education

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, states must develop a State Performance Plan (SPP) that includes measurable and rigorous targets for twenty indicators of compliance and performance with IDEA.

The SPP is a six-year plan which began in the 2005-06 school year and ends in 2010-11.

Pennsylvania's SPP targets have been approved by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The SPP and 2006 Annual Performance Reportmay be accessed on the PaTTAN website:

As we approach the mid-point of the SPP span, the Bureau of Special Education (BSE) is considering revision to some of the targets.

In some cases, this is necessary because OSEP provided new directions to states for calculating data; in other instances, improvement over time has exceeded expectations and we want to ensure that targets remain rigorous. The specific areas where we are seeking stakeholder input about targets and improvement activities are:

Indicators 1 and 2(Graduation and Dropout Rates); Indicator 3 (Adequate Yearly Progress); Indicator 5 (Least Restrictive Environment); Indicator 18 (Resolution Settlement Agreements); and Indicator 19 (Mediation Agreements).

The BSE will be conducting three public forums next month for this purpose. The forums will be held from 9:30 to noon at the following locations:

PaTTAN Harrisburg August 18
PaTTAN King of Prussia August 19
PaTTAN Pittsburgh August 20

Persons wishing to participate must pre-register. This can bedone by e-mail or phone. Please provide your name, affiliation, and which location you will attend. You may either send e-mail to Enie Murphy at or by phone at 1-800-360-7282,ext.3407.

Questions regarding the SPP may be addressed to Sandy Zeleznik, BSE Adviser, at

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