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In making state determinations, OSEP uses compliance and results data, giving equal weight to each. 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.
IDEA details four categories of determination:
Early Childhood Hub: Supports teachers, related services providers and program administrators in programs serving children between birth and 6. This includes early intervention, early childhood special education, childcare, Head Start, and other settings.
The Early and Ongoing Collaboration and Assistance (EOCA) Initiative ended June 30, 2006. Some activities funded through this initiative and through the READS Initiative were continued under the Responsive Education for All Children (REACH) Initiative.
This section asks the district to examine the method, practices, curriculum and materials used in counseling to determine whether all students are being included in the learning process. The district should evaluate whether there are forms of bias or stereotyping present in ability grouping and tracking and counseling strategies.
In 1992 the US Department of Education published guidance regarding the provision of appropriate educational services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. This has been shared in the Federal Register and in DPI bulletin 92.13. The guidance in this document influenced federal language in IDEA 1997 and IDEA2004 related to special factors and the considerations for communication needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.