Funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are provided to school districts on an entitlement basis for programs and services to children with disabilities. Funds may be used for staffing, educational materials, equipment, and other costs to provide special education and related services, as well as supplementary aids and services, to children with disabilities. LEAs must submit assurances and budgets applications for their flow-through and preschool IDEA funds by July 1 each year. DPI reviews and approves these budgets and any subsequent revisions. LEAs are selected for more intensive monitoring based on a fiscal risk analysis. Priority areas include equitable services, use of funds and property management, Title I school-wide set asides, coordinated early intervening services, and time and effort reporting.
The Special Education Team collects and processes data on special education programming as required by state and federal statutes. Much of the Section 618 data and student-specific data is collected through the Individual Student Enrollment System (ISES). Other special education data related to the State Performance Plan indicators are submitted by LEAs through the PI-1202, through the Special Education Web Portal, through the Program Participation System (PPS), and through surveys. DPI conducts verification activities to ensure timely and accurate submission of data.