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Annual Performance Report on Georgia’s Efforts to Meet the Requirements of IDEA

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, mcardoza@gadoe.org  - Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook   The United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), has made its annual determination of each state in meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) based on the Annual Performance Reports (APR) for federal fiscal year 2007 (submitted February, 2009). The OSEP determined that Georgia “needs assistance” in meeting these requirements of IDEA and the required enforcement action is for the state to take advantage of available technical assistance to assist in the implementation of improvement activities.   The completion of transition plans that meet all compliance requirements shows significant improvement over the previous year; however the OSEP required target is 100%. In Georgia, 85.8% of all IEP/transition plans met compliance requirements, and three systems failed to correct noncompliance within one year of identification. Compliance has now been verified for those three systems. Additionally, 81.08% of complaint investigations in Georgia were completed in a timely manner. This has been corrected by contracting with neutral complaint investigators rather than asking staff to conduct complaint investigations. The state will continue to provide technical assistance to each system as data indicates.   The annual determination from OSEP also noted high levels of compliance for Georgia in multiple indicators and noted that Georgia made progress or exceeded the target for students with disabilities on other indicators that include the graduation rate, the dropout rate, including students in the regular education classroom, and meeting the timelines for evaluations to determine if a child is a child with a disability.   The full report can be found here:  http://www.gadoe.org/ci_exceptional.aspx?PageReq=CIEXCStatePlan   
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