The Special Education Annual Performance Report Measures are a series of reports by the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division (SED) to disseminate educational data and improve the quality of education for all students, with an emphasis on students with disabilities.
These reports are required by Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) [20 U.S.C. 1416(b)(2)(C)(ii) and 34 CFR 300.602] and are directly connected to the CDE's Goals, Quality Assurance Process, and Focused Monitoring of special education programs. This is the ninth year reports have been prepared. Beginning this year, the report format has been changed to better align with the California Special Education Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and the subsequent Part B Annual Performance Report (APR) . Local education agency (LEA) consist of school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools acting as LEAs. LEA reports based on data from school year 2009-10 are available at the bottom of this page.
The performance report measures mirror the measures reported in the SPP and APR. In addition to the SPP and APR, these measures are used to determine the compliance status of each LEA as required by IDEA and to select LEAs, each year, for participation in the Focused Monitoring process. Detailed descriptions of the data elements used to calculate the measures are available in the SPP and APR. For some of the required measures, the number of students served at the LEA level is too small for meaningful calculations. The specific data and calculations underlying the results for an individual LEA or Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA) are available upon request from the Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance consultant for that LEA or SELPA.
Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) results for students receiving special education services are included in the data reports. The following assessments are part of the STAR program
- The California Standards Tests (CST) is the general education assessment that most students in special education take.
- the California Modified Assessment (CMA) is a modified assessment that some students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) take.
- California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
- All high school students are required to meet the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) requirement. Students with disabilities who are scheduled to graduate in the 2009-10 school are exempt from the CAHSEE requirement.
The quality assurance measures related to student assessment use the STAR (CST, CAPA and CAHSEE) data and closely align with the measures required by federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act legislation.
The CDE uses a system of targets and benchmarks in assessing the performance and progress of individual LEAs. In order to align the assessment of special education in California with the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) portion of NCLB and meet the requirements of IDEA, annual targets have been set for each measure. For compliance-based measures the annual target is set to require full compliance, either at zero or 100%, depending on the requirements of the measure.
The 13 SPP Indicators found in the 2010-11 performance reports should not be viewed as the sole determinants of the quality of a LEA's special education program. In addition to the uses outlined above, the reports provide information that can be used by LEA officials and others to help them examine their programs and focus efforts in areas most in need of improvement. Small year-to-year changes are to be expected and may merely reflect the normal phenomena within the educational process. Large differences may reflect a systemic difference in the special education program and may also result from changes in the data gathering and reporting process in the LEA. In any event, the meaning of any changes can only be determined by a closer examination, at the LEA level, of the activities that underlie each measure.
Calculations may be affected by the placement in licensed children's institutions (LCI) of children whose residences were other than the current LEA. When students are placed in LCIs, their LEA of residence may change to the LEA in which the LCI is located. LCI placements may affect the proportion of children in one or more of the measures because the calculations are based on LEA of residence.
In the past, a very small number of LEAs noted that the data they reported to CDE contained errors. None of the known errors is large enough to appreciably distort measures at the state level, but they could make a difference for some individual LEAs. Measurements for LEAs are not included when the volume of errors in the data submitted precludes calculation of the measure or measures. For the Indictor 3 measures, a "--" symbol in a block indicates there were too few students to calculate a meaningful measure; for all other indicators and measures, a "NC" indicates there were too few students to calculate a meaningful measure. A "NA" indicates that the measure is not applicable to the LEA (e.g., graduation percent for an elementary LEA). A zero indicates the calculated value for that measure is zero. For example, a "NC" in measure 5A indicates there were fewer than 20 students receiving special education in that LEA; a zero in the same block would indicate none of the 20 or more receiving special education in that LEA are educated with their nondisabled peers more than 20 percent of the time.
Questions on reported data should be directed to the LEA. In some instances, the LEA may have become aware of problems in the data submitted to CDE and now have more accurate figures available. In some cases, what could appear to be inaccurate data is merely a reflection of unique circumstances in a particular program or community.
Local Education Agency Reports for 2010-11
To expedite access and search functions, the report has be divided into nine files. The reports are in alphabetical order by LEA name.
To access the five page report for a LEA, click on the link containing the first letter of that LEA. When the report opens, use the "Find" function to search for the name of the LEA. You may then view the report on the screen or print it. In the Print dialogue box, use the Print Range to select and limit the printout to only the pages of the LEA(s) being viewed.
If you experience difficulties viewing or printing a specific report, contact the Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance consultant for that LEA to request a hardcopy.
Indicator report for LEA name beginning with L-M ( PDF; 9MB)