In spring 2014, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) announced that it was beginning to implement a new accountability framework for special education. This framework, known as Results Driven Accountability (RDA), is intended to balance better our focus on improving educational results and functional outcomes for students with disabilities with the need for States and school districts to comply with the requirements of the special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The following Core Principles (Full Version) underlie and will guide OSEP's RDA work:
Massachusetts welcomes this shift in OSEP's focus, which is now consistent with our continued emphasis on compliance and results for all students. We have prepared a presentation that summarizes the changes under RDA and how Massachusetts incorporates results-orientation into our work.
Overview of Results Driven Accountability — Assuring Compliance and Improving Results
For more information about RDA, visit the Office of Special Education Programs' Results Driven Accountability Home Page.
Last Updated: April 7, 2020
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