The State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report and State
Systemic Improvement Plan
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)
imposed new requirements on states for monitoring and enforcement. These
requirements are detailed in the IDEA Federal Regulations at 34 CFR Part
300.600. Under these regulations each state is required to submit a State
Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) to the U.S. Department of
Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The SPP, first
submitted in 2005, and now expanded to 2018, is a multi-year plan to guide
improvement in special education programs. It is built around federally
mandated indicators of performance and compliance and includes baseline data
and measurable and rigorous targets for each indicator. States must report data
annually to OSEP on the state’s performance in meeting the established targets.
IDEA 2004 also requires states to report annually to the public on the
performance of each LEA in the state on the targets in the SPP. Data reported
in the SPP/APR are used by OSEP to determine the extent to which a state is
complying with IDEA.
Beginning in 2015, all states were required to incorporate a
State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) into their SPP/APR. This new requirement
is part of OSEP’s implementation of a revised accountability system under the
IDEA. The SSIP is a comprehensive, ambitious, multi-year plan for improving
results for students with disabilities. The Bureau of Special Education collaborated with multiple stakeholders to select a focus for its SSIP. This focus area is
called a State Identified Measurable Result (SIMR). Pennsylvania will be
working to increase the graduation rate for students with disabilities as its
SIMR. The SSIP is designated as an indicator within the SPP/APR. Therefore
states must also report annually to OSEP and the public on their performance in
meeting targets in the SSIP.
On June 28, 2017, Pennsylvania received OSEP’s approval of its
FFY 2015 SPP/APR/SSIP.