The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) requires each state to have in place a State Performance Plan (SPP). This plan describes and evaluates the state's efforts to implement the requirements of IDEA Part B. The SPP includes annual targets for 20 indicators identified by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education.
The Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children elicited broad stakeholder involvement in the development of Ohio's SPP in order to set measurable and rigorous annual performance targets. The SPP provides the baseline data, targets and improvement activities, timelines and resources established by the state for each indicator.
States must report annually on their performance on the targets identified in the SPP through an Annual Performance Report (APR). The APR reflects the state's progress toward meeting its Part B goals.
The APR provides the actual target data, explanation of progress or slippage and discussion of improvement activities completed by the state for each indicator.