Focus on Student Results

Posted by Angie Balsley on 2/22/2019 7:00:00 AM

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires each state to make annual “determinations” regarding its school districts’ implementation of the requirements and purposes of the law. Prior to this school year, determinations were based solely upon six federal compliance indicators. This year, the IDOE Office of Special Education initiated a Results Driven Accountability (RDA) system. The new RDA system includes the usual metrics of compliance, but has also incorporated student achievement results and data timeliness as well. A district’s final determination will be weighted (50% Results, 30% Compliance, and  20% Data Timeliness). The IDOE has released both a video explaining RDA as well as a RDA document that explains the system in detail.  

Results for students with disabilities will be collected from these sources:

  • State Assessment Proficiency & Growth (ILEARN, IREAD, IAM, & ISTAR-KR)
  • Graduation Rate
  • LRE (students educated 80%+ time in gened)

What this means for us in practice is that we must continue to hold high expectations for growth and achievement for all students and ensure that students with disabilities are learning in the general education to the maximum extent appropriate.


Dr. Angie Balsley, Executive Director