What are Special Education Ratings?
The special education program in a school district is the basis of success for students with disabilities. Every year, districts receive a rating on the performance of their special education program, known as their Special Education Rating. The Ohio Department of Education uses final data that districts submit through the Education Management Information System (EMIS). These data result in one of four ratings — Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention or Needs Substantial Intervention.
Nordonia Hills City’s 2016 Special Education Rating is Meets Requirements, the highest rating possible. The primary basis of this rating is the final special education program data our district submitted through EMIS for the 2014-2015 school year.
The Ohio Department of Education reports annually to the public on the performance of each district’s special education program, including their Special Education Rating. The report containing the 2015 ratings is available HERE. The Department will add the 2016 ratings to this report in November 2016.
*New* Results for Students with Disabilities
Measures of procedural compliance are historically the basis for Special Education Ratings. Starting in 2018, these ratings also will include measures of results for students with disabilities. Though the changes will not take effect until 2018, this year’s report includes each district’s actual rating (procedural compliance only) and projected rating (a combination of two scores, procedural compliance and students’ results) to show the impact of the new measures on their annual rating.
If student results indicators were included this year, Nordonia’s rating would be Meets Requirements, the highest rating possible.