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Resources to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities while ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.

Consolidated California State Performance Plan (SPP) (DOC; 1MB; Updated 01-Jun-2010)
Reflecting approved changes to initial submission of December 2, 2005

California State Performance Plan (SPP)

SPP - 2011 (DOC; 2MB; Posted 02-Jan-2013)
Seven year plan for special education required by IDEA 04

SPP - 2010 (DOC; 2MB; Revised 07-May-2012) Revisions to Indicator 4 (Suspension and Expulsion), Indicator 9 (Disproportionality Overall), and Indicator 10 (Disproportionality by Disability)

SPP - 2009 (DOC; Posted 21-Oct-2009) Revisions to Indicator #7 (Preschool Assessment)

SPP - 2008 (DOC; Posted 01-Feb 2008)
Revisions to Indicator #7 (Preschool Assessment) and Indicator #14 (Post School Outcomes)

SPP - 2007 (DOC; Revised 01-Feb-2007)
Six year plan for special education required by IDEA 04

California Annual Performance Report (APR)

Describes the State's progress or slippage in meeting the measurable and rigorous targets established in the SPP; and any revisions to the State's targets, improvement activities or resources in the SPP and justifications for the revisions.

APR FFY 2013 External link opens in new window or tab.
A link to the GRADS 360 Web application maintained by the Office of Special Education Programs. Either select California from the Choose Profile pull-down menu or from the image map. Then select the download arrow next to the document named APR-2013B-CA.pdf.

Executive Summary APR 2013 (DOC; Posted 30-Nov-2015)
Contains APR FFY 2013 data in an easier to read format.

APR FFY 2012 (DOC; Posted 07-Aug-2014)

Executive Summary APR 2012 (DOC; Posted 07-Aug-2014)
Contains APR FFY 2012 data in an easier to read format.

APR FFY 2011 (DOC; Posted 29-Apr-2014)

APR FFY 2010 (DOC; Posted 07-May-2012)

Executive Summary APR 2010 (DOC; 21MB; Posted 07-May-2012)

APR FFY 2009 (DOC; 1MB; Posted 22-Nov-2011)

APR FFY 2008 (DOC; 2MB; Posted 29-Apr-2010)

APR FFY 2007 (DOC; 3MB; Posted 21-Oct-2009)

APR FFY 2006 (DOC; 2MB; Posted 01-Feb-2008)

APR FFY 2005 (DOC; 1MB; Posted 01-Feb-2007)

Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance Contacts (Updated 20-May-2016)
Special Education Division consultants assignments by County

Disproportionality in California Public Schools (Updated 29-Oct-2015)
Impacts on Special Education including information and resources on disproportionate representation by race and ethnicity of students receiving special education services.

Special Self Review 2014-15 (Updated 13-Aug-2015)
Information and guidance on the activities required to remedy identified high rates of student suspension and expulsion, and disproportionality.

Procedural Safeguards and Referral Services

Provides technical assistance information and resources for parents, school districts, advocates, agencies and others of procedural safeguards regarding students between ages 3 and 21 with disabilities and their educational rights.

  • Toll-free Help Line: 800-926-0648; Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Videophone Line: 916-374-7182 (deaf/hard of hearing); Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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  • FAX: 916-327-3704
Rights of Parents and Children

Special Education Rights of Parents and Children Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B - Notice of Procedural Safeguards (English) | DOC (Updated 22-Jan-2009)
This document complies with the final federal regulations, effective October 13, 2006, implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended in 2004.
Available Translations of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards
(Updated 02-Feb-2009)

Parents’ Rights (Updated 25-Nov-2015)
A brief summary of Procedural Safeguards for students with disabilities receiving special education services.

Procedural Safeguards Resources

California Parent Organizations (Revised 01-Sep-2015)
List of California agencies providing resources for families of children with disabilities.

Complaint Filing, Investigation and Resolution

Complaint Process (Posted 25-Nov-2014)
The special education complaint process with federal and state law resource links.

Helpful Hints When Requesting Direct State Intervention (Revised 25-Nov-2014)

Request for Complaint Investigation (DOC; Revised Nov-2006)
Form for filing compliance complaint that alleges violation of state or federal special education laws.

Questions: Special Education Division | | 916-445-4613 
Last Reviewed: Friday, May 20, 2016

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