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Ohio's 2018 Special Education Determination - Meets Requirements!

Ohio's 2018 Special Education Determination


Every year, each state receives a rating 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 22 states receiving a 2018 determination of Meets Requirements, as detailed in this letter and performance matrix. For additional details about how determinations are calculated, click here.


This represents the state’s highest rating in five years, due to consistently high performance on compliance measures and increases in the percentage of 4th and 8th grade students with disabilities scoring basic or above in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Ohio’s lowest scoring area continues to be the percentage of students with disabilities who graduate by modified requirements (i.e., requirements different from their nondisabled peers).


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. These ratings are based on a subset of data from districts’ most recent Special Education Profiles. After finalizing each district’s status based on this year’s profile indicator reviews, the Department will send districts’ 2018 Special Education Ratings. 


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