and related services are provided annually
to about 124,000 eligible students in the state across 295 school
districts. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA) ensures that children with disabilities and the families of
such children have access to a free appropriate public education
(FAPE). IDEA is focused on improving educational results for
children with disabilities.
RCW 28A.155 provides the statutory
basis for special education services in Washington, and
WAC 392-172A provides the regulatory basis for both IDEA and
OSPI must report annually to the public on the performance of each
school district or educational service agency located in the State of
Washington on the target’s set in the state performance plan (SPP).
Statewide and district performance data are located within this section of
the OSPI website. Also included within this section are federal data
collection forms, instructions and resources; federal grant applications;
the state performance plan and annual performance reports.
The following pages provide an overview of the three dispute resolution
processes available for students age 3 through 21 under Part B of the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA).
The Special Education Program Review Team collaborates with school
districts to ensure improved educational results and functional outcomes
for all children with disabilities. Washington’s program review system includes a review of both quantitative data and qualitative information provided by districts to ensure that districts are implementing the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004.
The purpose of this page is to provide school district employees and the general public with a central location to find information relating to Special Education funding.