US Department of Education Reviews Virginia Special Education Report
Office of Special Education Programs finds Virginia Needs Improvement in Procedural Timelines
Lindsey Engels, PEATC Intern
Jul 21, 2010
The Virginia Department of Education submits an Annual Performance Report to the Office of Special Education Programs at US Department of Education. For the first time, the Office of Special Education Programs found Virginia to be in the “needs assistance” category in 2 areas. Both instances were related to meeting deadlines established by IDEA Part B. The report is for the 2007-2008 school year.
The first area was in Indicator 15, which required 100% compliance. Every school division was to identify and correct any noncompliance with the special education law as soon as possible, but no later than one year from identification. In 2007, Virginia was in 100% compliance with this regulation. However, in 2008, 11% of Virginia’s school divisions reported cases that were not resolved within the year timeline.
The second area was meeting the 45-day timeline for due process hearings. This indicator needed to meet 100% compliance. In 2007, Virginia was in 100% compliance. However, in 2008, 7% of school districts reported that they did not meet the 45-day timeline.