The New York State Education Department published Special Education School District Data Profiles on its data.nysed.gov website yesterday. Special Education data can be viewed by school district (no county profiles are available when we checked this afternoon).
First review of the profiles indicates that there’s some pretty interesting data out there, but it is also evident that the profiles are also incomplete, as school districts are not required to submit data on certain indicators until a later date. (Here’s the schedule for Westchester County school districts.)
According to the folks at NYSED….
The Special Education School District Data Profile is prepared in accordance with the requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Each State must have a State Performance Plan (SPP) to evaluate the State’s efforts to meet the requirements and purposes of the implementation of IDEA.
The SPP is a six-year plan which describes New York State’s performance on compliance and performance indicators. By June 1, states must report to the public on the performance of the State in an Annual Performance Report (APR) and each school district against the State’s targets. New York’s SPP and the APR that describe these indicators in detail are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/spp/.