As PI readers know, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs is undertaking a reform of the accountability system to shift the focus of accountability from compliance to results. The Results Driven Accountability process seeks to emphasize educational results and functional outcomes for students with disabilities and creating a system that maximizes resources available.
OSEP is soliciting input via the Department’s blog through a series of questions and comments available for you to respond to. CEC featured the second question in the PI blog here. The Department has released the third question:
“The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires the U.S. Department of Education and states to focus on improving educational results and functional outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, as well as to ensure that programs meet IDEA requirements. As the department refocuses its accountability efforts, which IDEA requirements do you see as being most closely related to improved educational results and functional outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities?”
CEC has shared its input with OSEP on the Results Driven Accountability process at several meetings convened in Washington during the summer. We will continue to be an active participant with OSEP as the process unfolds.