Results Driven Accountability (RDA) is the accountability system in which general supervision and monitoring emphasize compliance as well as academic results of students with disabilities.
LEA (AU) Determinations
Starting in 2017, the Colorado Department of Education Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) is using both compliance and results matrices for the first time in making determinations for each Administrative Unit (AU) under section 616(d) of the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Using the Result Matrix developed by the Result Matrix Workgroup and the preexisting Compliance Matrix, we consider the totality of the information we have about an AU. Please see the resources below for more information about AU Determinations.
- An Example Determination for a Fictitious AU (PDF)
- AU Determination 2017 Recorded Webinar
- Technical Document - How the CDE Exceptional Student Services Unit Made Determinations 2017 (PDF)
- AU Determination Guide Spring 2017 (PDF)
IDEA Section 618(d) requires each state to annually examine whether significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity is occurring in the state and the LEAs of the state. Having significant disproportionality means that students of a particular race/ethnicity are significantly more likely than their other-race peers to be identified as children with disabilities, identified with a particular disability category (e.g., Autism, Intellectual Disability), placed in a particular educational setting (e.g., separate classroom), or suspended/expelled as a disciplinary measure.
The regulations surrounding Significant Disproportionality (34 CFR §300.616) was proposed to be changed in March 2016, and the new regulation was finalized in December 2016. Please see the resources below for more information about the new Significant Disproportionality regulations.
- Regulation regarding Significant Disproportionality - 34 CFR §300.616 (PDF)
- FAQ - Significant Disproportionality (PDF)
- Crosswalk of Current Regulations with Prior regulations (PDF)
- Webinars:Significant Disproportionality Determination School Year 2017-18
Significant Disproportionality Stakeholder's Meeting
New OSEP Rules for Significant Disproportionality Effective July 1, 2018 - please join us if you are interested in being part of this work group. This work group will determine Colorado's Significant Disproportionality rules as required by OSEP.
When: September 27, 2017 and November 1, 2017
Where: Englewood Public Schools, Maddox ECE, 700 West Mansfield Avenue, Englewood, CO 80110