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

To Assure the Free Appropriate Public Education of all Children with Disabilities - 1995

Summary and Implications

OSEP and its customers recognize that an effective accountability system is critical to ensure continuous progress in achieving educational results for children with disabilities. Over the past two years, OSEP has worked -- internally, with other components of the Department, and with its customers -- to reorient and strengthen its accountability system so that it will -- in conjunction with OSEP's research, innovation, and technical assistance efforts -- serve as an effective vehicle to support systemic reform that will produce better results for students with disabilities, while recognizing the need to continue to look at procedural compliance.

To this end, in the 1994-95 school year OSEP refocused its monitoring procedures to place emphasis on those requirements that relate most directly to improving student results. Further, OSEP has sought and used broad public input in the monitoring process, has worked closely with States to ensure corrective action that results in legal compliance and improved results for students, and has continued to provide extensive technical assistance to States to assist them in meeting the requirements of Part B in a manner that supports improved results for students.
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