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Ohio's 2017 Special Education Determination - Needs Assistance
Every year, each state receives a rating from the U.S. Department of Education on its implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), known as its determination. The U.S. Department of Education uses both procedural compliance and student results data, giving each equal weight, to evaluate each state’s performance. These data result in one of four determinations — Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention or Needs Substantial Intervention. Ohio is one of 34 states receiving a 2017 determination of Needs Assistance, as detailed in this letter and performance matrix. For additional details about how determinations are calculated, click here.

Ohio received Needs Assistance for the third consecutive year, primarily due to high rates of students with disabilities:
• Graduating by meeting modified requirements (i.e., requirements different from their nondisabled peers);
• Dropping out of high school; and
• Taking alternate assessments.
After receiving Ohio’s annual determination, the Ohio Department of Education makes determinations of each district’s special education program, known in Ohio as Special Education Ratings. The Department anticipates sending district Special Education Ratings in August. For questions about Ohio’s determination, please contact 
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