U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

IDEA: Special Education Grants to States - FY 2006


CFDA Number: 84.027 - Special Education Grants to States


Program Goal: Ensure all children with disabilities served under IDEA have available to them a free appropriate public education to help them meet challenging standards and prepare them for independent living and postsecondary education and/or competitive employment by assisting state and local educational agencies and families.

Objective 1 of 4: All children with disabilities will meet challenging standards as determined by national and state assessments with accommodations as appropriate.
Indicator 1.1 of 3: PERFORMANCE ON NAEP: The percentage of children with disabilities that meet or exceed Basic levels in reading and mathematics on the NAEP.
 
Measure 1.1.1 of 2: The percentage of fourth-grade students with disabilities scoring at or above Basic in reading on the NAEP.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000 22  
2002 29 24
2003 29 25
2005 33 35
2007   35
2009   37
2011   39

Measure 1.1.2 of 2: The percentage of eighth-grade students with disabilities scoring at or above Basic in mathematics on the NAEP.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
20
 
2003
29
23
2005
31
32
2007
 
33
2009
 
35
2011
 
37

Source: NCES (NAEP).

Frequency: Biennially.

Next Data Available: November 2007

Data Validated By: NCES.

Limitations: Results of the NAEP scores for students with disabilities from this sample cannot be generalized to the total population of such students.
 
Explanation: Targets for FY 2002 and 2003 were adjusted to be consistent with the Department's Strategic Plan (2002-2007)
 
Indicator 1.2 of 3: EXCLUSION FROM NAEP: The percentage of students with disabilities excluded from NAEP testing due to their disability.
 
Measure 1.2.1 of 2: The percentage of fourth-grade students with disabilities included in the NAEP reading sample who are excluded from testing.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1998
41
 
2002
39
 
2003
33
 
2005
35
 
2007
 
33
2009
 
31
2011
 
29

Measure 1.2.2 of 2: The percentage of eighth-grade students with disabilities included in the NAEP mathematics sample who are excluded from testing.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
32
 
2003
22
 
2005
24
 
2007
 
23
2009
 
21
2011
 
19

Source: NCES

Frequency: Biennially.

Next Data Available: November 2007

Data Validated By: NCES.

Limitations: NAEP sample does not include schools specifically for students with disabilities.
 
Explanation: This measure was changed in 2006 to better focus on the percentage of children with disabilities who are excluded from NAEP testing. Previous year data were recalculated accordingly.
 
Indicator 1.3 of 3: PERFORMANCE ON STATE ASSESSMENTS: The number of states reporting an increase in the percentage of students with disabilities meeting state performance standards by achieving proficiency or above on state assessments.
 
Measure 1.3.1 of 2: The number of states reporting an increase in the percentage of fourth-grade students with disabilities meeting state performance standards by achieving proficiency or above in reading on state assessments.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2004
24
 
2005
 
25
2006
 
25
2007
 
26

Measure 1.3.2 of 2: The number of states reporting an increase in the percentage of eighth-grade students with disabilities meeting state performance standards by achieving proficiency or above in mathematics on state assessments.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2004
26
 
2005
 
25
2006
 
25
2007
 
26

Source: OESE Consolidated State Performance Report

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: January 2006
 
Explanation: This measure parallels a measure for the Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
 
Objective 2 of 4: Secondary school students will complete high school prepared for postsecondary education and/or competitive employment.
Indicator 2.1 of 3: GRADUATION RATE: The percentage of students with disabilities with IEPs who graduate from high school with a regular high school diploma.
 
Measure 2.1.1 of 1: The percentage of students with disabilities who graduate from high school with a regular high school diploma.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1996
42
 
1997
43
 
1998
45
 
1999
47
 
2000
46
 
2001
48
 
2002
51
 
2003
52
 
2004
54
 
2005
 
54
2006
 
56
2007
 
57
2008
 
58
2009
 
59
2010
 
60

Source: State-reported data under IDEA Section 618.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: August 2006

Data Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
 
Explanation: The graduation rate is calculated by dividing the number of students with disabilities aged 14 and older who graduate with a regular diploma by the total number of students with disabilities in the same age group who graduate with a regular diploma, receive a certificate of completion, reach the maximum age for services, die, drop out, or move (not known to have continued in education). This includes calculations for 57 entities (50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, N. Marianas and BIA).
 
Indicator 2.2 of 3: DROPOUT RATE: The percentage of students with disabilities who drop out of school.
 
Measure 2.2.1 of 1: The percentage of students with disabilities who drop out of school.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1996
47
 
1997
46
 
1998
44
 
1999
42
 
2000
42
 
2001
41
 
2002
38
 
2003
34
 
2004
31
 
2005
 
34
2006
 
29
2007
 
28
2008
 
27
2009
 
26
2010
 
25

Source: State-reported data under IDEA Section 618.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: August 2006

Data Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
 
Explanation: The dropout rate is calculated by dividing the number of students with disabilities aged 14 and older who drop out or move (not known to have continued in education) by the total number of students with disabilities in the same age group who graduate with a regular diploma, receive a certificate of completion, reach the maximum age for services, die, drop out, or move (not known to have continued in education). This includes calculations for 57 entities (50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, N. Marianas and BIA).
 
Indicator 2.3 of 3: POSTSECONDARY SCHOOL AND EMPLOYMENT: The percentage of children with disabilities who are either competitively employed, enrolled in some type of postsecondary school, or both, within two years of leaving high school.
 
Measure 2.3.1 of 1: The percentage of children with disabilities who are either competitively employed, enrolled in some type of postsecondary school, or both, within two years of leaving high school.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2004
59
 
2005
 
59.50
2006
 
60
2007
 
60.50

Source: OSEP.
Date Sponsored: 09/30/2002.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: September 2006
 
Explanation: Data for 2004 were gathered by the National Longitudinal Study 2 (NLTS2) from school year 2003-2004.
 
Objective 3 of 4: All children with disabilities will receive a free appropriate public education.
Indicator 3.1 of 3: CERTIFIED TEACHERS UNDER IDEA (6-21): The number of states with at least 90 percent of special education teachers of children with disabilities aged 6 to 21 fully certified in the areas in which they are teaching.
 
Measure 3.1.1 of 1: The number of states with at least 90 percent of special education teachers fully certified in the areas in which they are teaching.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1996
35
 
1997
36
 
1998
37
 
1999
36
41
2000
36
42
2001
37
42
2002
33
42
2003
30
37
2004
36
37
2005
 
39
2006
 
40

Source: State-reported data under IDEA section 618.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: August 2006

Data Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.

Limitations: Data reflect grades 1-12, not teachers teaching children aged 6-21. States maintain data by grades taught, not ages of students. State requirements for teacher certification vary widely (i.e., teachers fully certified in one state might not be considered eligible for full certification in another state).
 
Explanation: There is a clustering of states around the 90 percent threshold in this indicator, which may result in unpredictable changes from year to year.
 
Indicator 3.2 of 3: HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS UNDER IDEA: The percentage of special education teachers who teach core academic subjects that are highly qualified, consistent with IDEA.
 
Measure 3.2.1 of 1: The percentage of special education teachers who teach core academic subjects who are highly qualified.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2005
 
999

Source: State reported data

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: September 2006
 
Explanation: The FY 2005 target is to establish a baseline.
 
Indicator 3.3 of 3: SERVICES OUTSIDE THE REGULAR CLASSROOM: The percentage of children aged 6 to 21 served outside of the regular classroom 60 percent or more of the day because of their disability.
 
Measure 3.3.1 of 1: The percentage of children served outside of the regular classroom 60 percent or more of the day due to their disability (as a percentage of the school population).
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001
2.85
 
2002
2.81
 
2003
2.77
 
2004
2.67
 
2005
 
2.69
2006
 
2.65

Source: Numerator: State-reported data under IDEA Section 618. Denominator: NCES data

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: August 2006
 
Explanation: FY 2001 data was used to establish the baseline.
 
Objective 4 of 4: Improve the administration of IDEA.
Indicator 4.1 of 1: ISSUANCE OF LETTERS: The average number of workdays between the completion of a site visit and OSEP's response.
 
Measure 4.1.1 of 1: The average number of workdays between the completion of a site visit and OSEP's response.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2004
123
 
2006
 
113
2007
 
103

Source: Program office records.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: March 2006
 
Explanation: The FY 2004 data was used to establish the baseline. This is a new efficiency measure in 2006.
 


Return to table of contents

Last Modified: 12/28/2005