Indicator 15 | Timely Correction of Noncompliance

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Each State Education Agency (SEA) is responsible for ensuring the general supervision of all educational programs for children with disabilities in the state.

To do so, SEAs typically develop and implement a system of general supervision that assures IDEA 2004 requirements will be met. A system of general supervision can be characterized by any number of operational components.

Critical components of a state’s system of general supervision include:

  • the State Performance Plan,
  • policies and procedures,
  • monitoring activities,
  • fiscal management,
  • data on processes and results,
  • improvement and corrections,
  • dispute resolution, and
  • technical assistance and professional development.

Indicator 15 reads:

General supervision system (including monitoring, complaints, hearings, etc.) identifies and corrects noncompliance as soon as possible but in no case later than one year from identification.  (20 U.S.C. 1416 (a)(3)(B))

Based upon the B15 data reported, OSEP is able to determine whether each state has shown progress or slippage in correcting noncompliance from the previous year.

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Resources to Support Data Gathering for Indicator 15

Guidance documents on Indicator 15.

How are we doing?
What’s the current status on states’ general supervision systems? The status of Indicator 15 is described in this summary from 2011.

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Resources to Support General Supervision and the Timely Correction of Noncompliance

Issues of General Supervision and the Annual Performance Report.
A PowerPoint presentation prepared by the National Center for Special Education Accountability Monitoring (NCSEAM) describes key components of a system of general supervision. The presentation addresses the following questions: “What are the minimum components for general supervision?”, “How do the components form a system?”, and “What are the processes operating within the system?”

The 8 key components of general supervision.
This document is designed to be used by a state to self-evaluate its general supervision system.

Q and A: Questions and Answers On Monitoring, Technical Assistance and Enforcement.
OSEP’s guidance provides states, SEAs, and local educational agencies (LEAs) with information regarding the IDEA requirements relating to monitoring, technical assistance, and enforcement.,root,dynamic,QaCorner,4,

How’s your state doing? 2012 SPP/APR and state determination letters.
Read OSEP’s responses to each state’s SPP and APR for 2012.

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