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SPP/APR Reporting Requirements for School Districts


The United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) allows states to use sampling for certain State Performance Plan (SPP) indicators. When sampling is used, a description of the sampling methodology outlining how the design will yield valid and reliable estimates must be submitted to OSEP.  New York State collects data from a statewide representative sample of school districts on SPP Indicators 7, 8, and 14.   All school districts provide data on each of these indicators distributed over a six-year period, with the exception of New York City (NYC) Public Schools which reports on these indicators each year. For SPP Indicators 11, 12 and 13, the New York State Education Department uses a monitoring cycle of one-sixth of school districts representative of New York State, with the exception of NYC, which reports on these indicators every year. This monitoring cycle ensures that data from all school districts are monitored within the SPP 6-year period.

New York State’s Sampling Methodology Approved by OSEP


The Office of Information and Reporting Services’ Special Education Data Submission Systems webpage provides resources and information on special education data submission systems as well as links to general tools for identifying sample sizes and selecting samples of students for reporting on SPP Indicators 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14.