Determinations, Literacy and SO Much More! OSEP's Monthly Update!

Improving Results for Youth and Children with Disabilities

June 2016: In this Issue

TOP NEWS: ED Issues State Determinations under IDEA

Each year, in June, OSEP makes a determination for each State under Part B and Part C of the IDEA.  This year, on June 28, 2016, OSEP will issue its 2016 determinations.

For the first time in 2014, and again in 2015 and 2016, the Department made Part B determinations using both compliance and results data, giving each equal weight in making a State’s determination. For the first time in 2015 and now in 2016, the Department made Part C determinations using both compliance and results data. OSEP’s accountability framework, called Results Driven Accountability (RDA), brings into focus the educational results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities while balancing those results with the compliance requirements of IDEA.  

The public State Profiles will be available the week of July 4th, through the main SPP/APR Resource page. Each State's profile will be updated to include Determination Letters and an explanation of how the determination was made in both 2015 and 2016. Profiles are available for Parts B and C, and include (in addition to determination information) the State's SPP/APR, SSIP, Data Rubric, Results Matrix, Data Display and Dispute Resolution report.

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INSIDE OSEP: Ruth's Report

Message from Ruth Ryder, Acting Director

Hello Leaders!

Summer has officially arrived, but school is still in session here at OSEP. For all of our Part D Grantees, don't forget to register for the annual Project Director's Conference, to be held August 1-3, 2016. Registration will close at 5:00pm ET on Friday, July 15.  We look forward to hosting you right here at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC!


Also, please take time to read the Department's Dear Colleague Letter on Stakeholder Engagement (June 22, 2016). This Letter highlights the Leading by Convening: A Blueprint for Authentic Engagement tool, which was developed through OSERS's investment in the IDEA Partnership Project.


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Today!  Join the Department of Health and Human Services for a webinar! Supporting Dual Language Learners: Research to Practice

Date: Jun 28, 2016, at 3:00 PM EDT.

Register now! 


  • Joint ED-HHS Report on Importance of Supporting Early Learning Workforce: A new joint report from the U.S. Departments of Education (ED), and Health and Human Services (HHS) highlights the importance of supporting the early learning workforce—nearly a totality of whom are women—not only to improve the quality of early learning programs, but also to ensure fair pay so that they can support their own families. The report, High-Quality Early Learning Settings Depend on a High-Quality Workforce—Low Compensation Undermines Quality, summarizes the research base and includes recommendations for reaching pay parity across all early learning settings.  
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OSERS partners with OESE: National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilties (CFDA Number 843283D)

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) seeks to fund a National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities for children in early childhood education programs through high school. Because of the Center's subject matter, it will be administered jointly by OESE and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).


The notice inviting applications can be viewed at the Federal Register, while the application package is available at


Publication Date/Application Available:  Wednesday, June 8, 2016. 

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications:   Monday, July 25, 2016. 


SWIFT is a national k-8 technical assistance center that builds school capacity to provide academic and behavioral support for all students through equity-based inclusion.  The SWIFT Field Guide will help you navigate core SWIFT practices:

Administrative Leadership

Strong and Engaged Site Leadership & Strong Educator Support System

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Inclusive Academic Instruction & Inclusive Behavior Instruction

Integrated Educational Framework

Fully Integrated Organizational Structure & Strong and Positive School Culture

Family & Community Engagement

Trusting Family Partnerships & Trusting Community Partnerships

Inclusive Policy Structure & Practice

Strong LEA/School Relationship & LEA Policy Framework

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If you are a new visitor, you may find the How to Use SWIFT Field Guide page helpful.

FROM THE TOP: Updates from ED

Recent guidance, letters and reports issued by the Department:

        IN THE FIELD: The Importance of Pre-K

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        From the ED Homeroom Blog: Building a Foundation for Children Starts in Pre-K

        Kindergarten teacher Cody Summerville outlines what he believes are the benefits to high quality pre-K education.

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        ED on Instagram @usedgov

        The US Department of Education is now on Instagram! Follow us @usedgov, where we're sharing the amazing stories of educators and learners across these United States!

        Follow us on Twitter @Ed_Sped_Rehab

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        OSERS is on Twitter with the latest from special education advocates, educators, families and students. Follow us @Ed_Sped_Rehab and tell your friends. We'll see you in the Twittersphere!


        Catch our Snaps!

        What's "My Story" today?  ED's Office of Communication and Outreach now features different initiatives and events on our new Snapchat account.  Add us at @usedgov!!

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