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State Performance Plan (SPP) on Special Education

July 16th, 2018

In the last few days you may have received a letter with a survey request for the Connecticut State Department of Education. It is important that you respond and fill out the survey to help ensure that all students in the state receive a free appropriate education.

Every year, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires each state to submit a State Performance Plan (SPP) on special education. The SPP includes reports from the state on 20 areas with questions running from whether evaluations for students being considered for special education are done on time, to whether students who had received special education are employed after High School, to whether some ethnic groups are put in special ed more often than others.

One of the reports, called Indicator 8, asks how parents feel about their experience with the special education process, and if they feel that they are included as full partners in designing Individual Education Plans (IEP) for their children. The state finds this information by sending out the survey you have just received. Every year roughly one third of families who have students in special education receive a survey.

All answers to the survey are kept confidential, your name and your child’s are not shared with anyone. The results are shared with the districts and with the United States’ Department of Education

The state has been collecting the surveys since 2003, and the results can be found at: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Special-Education/State-Performance-Plan-SPP-and-Annual-Performance-Report-APR/Related-Resources

Your responses to the survey are very important. In most years less than a quarter of families reply, and the more who do, the better we will all understand how the schools are doing. If you have any questions or concerns we are here to help, so please feel free to call us at (860)739-3089 or email at cpac@cpacinc.org.