States have a responsibility under federal law, to establish a system of general supervision that monitors local education agencies' (LEA) implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 and Am. Sub. HB1. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) fulfills this responsibility through its Office for Exceptional Children (OEC). OEC, in coordination with the Office for Early Learning and School Readiness (OEL&SR), has developed a Comprehensive Monitoring System for Continuous Improvement that includes three levels of reviewing LEAs’ implementation of IDEA. The Comprehensive Monitoring System is designed to ensure 100 percent compliance with the statutory requirements of the IDEA and Ohio Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies serving Children with Disabilities and improve services and outcomes for student with disabilities.
Ohio’s compliance with many of these requirements is evaluated through the State Performance Plan (SPP), which is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The SPP is comprised of targets and improvement activities for indicators of state performance.