Recently, the Department of Education released the 30th Annual Report to Congress on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2008. The purpose of the Annual Report is to maintain continued evaluation of IDEA programs, to ensure that the law and its programs continue to provide children and youth with disabilities the appropriate services necessary for a rigorous and motivating education. The report describes IDEA’s success in a number of areas including providing free, appropriate public, education; protecting the rights of children with disabilities and their parents; assisting states and localities with providing services; and evaluating the efficacy of educating students with disabilities.
This report follows the 29th Report in sequence and is required under IDEA . This report differs slightly from those preceding it; however, as it contains neither the state-reported data tables for IDEA, Part B and Part C, or Data Notes from states explaining changes in their data from the previous year. Instead that information is available at the IDEA data site.
Other changes to the report include
- A new section that contains a summary and analysis of IDEA section 618 state level data, replacing the state profiles and rank order tables.
- A new name for Section I now the―Summary and Analysis of IDEA Section 618 Data and Longitudinal Study Data at the National Level.
- Three new appendices
- Numbers and percentages of infants, toddlers, children and students served under IDEA, by specific age groups, in each state
- Information related to students ages 6 through 9 reported in the developmental delay category
- Information on how eight states differed from the Department’s Office of Special Education Program’s reporting practices for students with other health impairments and multiple disabilities served under IDEA, Part B, in 2005–06.
To read the full report click here.