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New Reporting Requirements
Utah's State Performance Plan & Indicator 14

State Performance Plan (SPP)

Public Law 108-446, Section 616(b), (IDEA 2004 http://www.ideareauth.com) requires that no later than one year after the date of enactment (i.e., December 3, 2005), the State Department of Education must develop and submit a six year State Performance Plan to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. OSEP has identified three monitoring priorities and 20 indicators relating to the priority areas. Indicators are statements that are used to help quantify and/or qualify a monitoring priority. For each of the indicators, the State must establish measurable and rigorous targets for improvement over a six-year period of time. These requirements will have significant data collection and reporting implications for the State and for every school district in the State. For more information on these federal requirements, go to www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/bapr/index.html

As a result of requirements in the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) has developed a special education State Performance Plan (SPP). The SPP is designed to evaluate the State's efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of IDEA and describe how the State will improve its implementation. The SPP represents USOE's six-year plan for improving outcomes of the children with disabilities in Utah. Through an Annual Performance Report (APR), USOE will measure and report on the performance of children with disabilities using the 20 SPP Indicators, which focus on the outcome of students with disabilities. Included with each indicator is baseline data, a description of the data collection system, rigorous and measurable targets, and strategies for improving outcomes. The USOE (Utah State Office of Education) APR and SPP can be reviewed at http://www.schools.utah.gov/sars/Quick-Links/Performance-Plan.aspx . For many of the indicators, USOE has established mechanisms to collect the required data (For information on specific Indicators, go to: http://www.schools.utah.gov/sars/DOCS/apr/utspp4-9-10.aspx

Indicator 14 - Post High School Outcomes

Indicator 14: Percent of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education, or in some other postsecondary education or training program, or competitively employed, or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school. (20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(B))

In response to the new SPP Indicator 14, the USOE has awarded a discretionary grant to Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center to develop the Utah Statewide Post High Outcomes Survey (UPHSOS) website: www.utah-pso.org. The Post High School Outcomes website is a tool designed to ensure consistency in data collection and reporting, and was developed to assist the USOE and local education agencies (LEAs) with the Indicator 14 outcomes data collection requirement. All districts in Utah will be required to participate in the UPHSOS annually.

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