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4/2/2008 9:30:00 AM
State Releases Second Annual Special Education, EI/ECSE Report Cards
SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo released the second annual report cards for Oregon Special Education and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. The report cards are required under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).

“Oregon is committed to providing the highest quality education for all Oregon students, and the Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education Report Cards provide information that is an excellent starting point for the discussion about our successes and areas where we might need improvement,” Castillo said.

Since 1975, the federal government has required that all children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education and special services to meet their education needs. The Special Education report cards give parents of students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) information about their school district program. There are 72,068 Oregon school-age students in special education programs, about 13% of the school-age population in the state.

District special education programs will provide copies of their report card to parents of students receiving special education services. Early childhood special education programs will provide copies of their report card to parents of children receiving Early Intervention (EI) and Early Childhood Special Education (ESCE) services in their county.

The 2006-07 school district Special Education Report Cards include the following information:
• Graduation rates for students with IEP’s
• High school dropout rates
• Academic achievement in math and English/language arts
• Participation in state assessment
• Adequate yearly progress
• And more

The 2006-07 Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Report Cards include the following information by program:
• Percentage on infants and toddlers with Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)
• Results of parent surveys
• Resources for parents
• And more

Special Education and Early Childhood report cards (in English and Spanish) are online at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1831

For detailed information on the Oregon state performance plan for Special Education, please visit http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1813
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