States have a responsibility under federal law, to establish a system of general supervision that monitors school district implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004.
Using this system of general supervision, states are accountable for enforcing requirements and ensuring continuous improvement. This system is comprised of nine key components and is designed to: a) ensure compliance with federal and state regulations and b) improve services and results for students with disabilities.
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) directs Ohio’s system of general supervision
on behalf of both their office and the Office for Early Learning and School Readiness (OELSR), which is responsible for Part B Section 619 of the IDEA. OELSR staff work in collaboration with OEC staff on some components of general supervision where specified.
OEC integrates effective monitoring supports and strategies across all components of the general supervision system using various data sources and methods to monitor all educational agencies. Ohio’s integrated monitoring activities includes three tiers:
• Tier 1: Special Education Profile
(Compliance and Performance Indicator Reviews);
• Tier 2: IDEA Self-Review (currently under development); and
• Tier 3: IDEA Monitoring Reviews