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Office of Special Education Program's Results Driven Accountability Home Page



RDA Comments Pages:
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Welcome to the Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) Web page and associated RDA Comments page. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is currently rethinking its accountability system in order to shift the balance from a system focused primarily on compliance to one that puts more emphasis on results. We believe it is critical that OSEP’s resources be aligned to support improved educational results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities and to that end, are designing a system that maximizes all of our resources.

We invite you to help us re-conceptualize our accountability system. Over the next several months we will use this blog to solicit input from the field regarding key questions as we move forward in developing a new framework for our accountability system. Each question will be posted for a two-week period during which time you will have the opportunity to provide your ideas. OSEP plans to post new questions every two weeks so that stakeholders can comment on various aspects of this effort to move to a Results-Driven Accountability system.

Core Principles

The following core principles underlie and will guide OSEP’s RDA work.


OSEP'S vision for Results-Driven Accountability is that all components of accountability will be aligned in a manner that best supports states in improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, and their families. The IDEA requires that the primary focus of IDEA monitoring be on improving educational results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities, and ensuring that states meet the IDEA program requirements. The current system places heavy emphasis on procedural compliance without consideration of how the requirements impact student learning outcomes. In order to fulfill the IDEA’s requirements, a more balanced approach to supporting program effectiveness in special education is necessary.

  • See the department’s Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education Summary:
    download file MS Word (46KB) | PDF (220KB)


  • Sample Approaches for Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System
    download files MS Word (410KB) | PDF (837KB)
    (August 24, 2012)

  • Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System Input from the NCEO Core Team
    download files MS Word (693KB) | PDF (1.0MB)
    (July 17, 2012)

  • Q&A on “Getting to Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education”
    download files MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)
    (April 5, 2012)


Thank you for your responses to this fifth question on OSEP’s Results-Driven Accountability Blog. We opened the blog in July 2012 as an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input into the development of a Result-Driven Accountability system that places a heavy emphasis on the improvement of education results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities. As of November 19, 2012, we have received a total of 173 responses to the five questions posted.

We sincerely appreciate the thoughtful input that has been provided. At this point, we are closing the RDA blog and will focus on reviewing and summarizing these comments as we continue to develop our accountability system. We may re-open the RDA blog in the future if we need additional stakeholder input during the development of RDA.

If you have additional thoughts that you would like to share, you may send them to the RDA e-mail box: osep-rda-input@ed.gov.

RDA Comments Pages:

Question 1 (closed) | Question 2 (closed)
Question 3 (closed) | Question 4 (closed)
Question 5 (closed)


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Last Modified: 11/19/2012