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Virginia Again Earns Top Special Education Rating


RICHMOND, Va. – For a fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Virginia its highest rating for improving outcomes for students with disabilities and for compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Virginia received a “Meets Requirements” designation on the federal department’s 2017 IDEA report card. The commonwealth earned the maximum number of possible points on all 10 compliance indicators – including in categories related to the identification of minority students for special education services and disciplinary actions – and on seven of the 14 performance-related indicators. The 2017 IDEA report cards are based on data from the 2014-2015 school year.

“This is recognition of the individual efforts of thousands of teachers, principals and support staff in our public schools who provide the instruction and the services Virginia students with disabilities need to achieve and thrive,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “It also reflects the commonwealth’s long-standing commitment to inclusion of students with disabilities and accountability for improving educational outcomes and transitions for students receiving special education services.” 


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