Technical Assistance of State Data Collection

Purpose

The purpose of this program is to improve the capacity of states to meet the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act data collection and reporting requirements, including those in sections 616 and 618 of IDEA. Section 616 of the IDEA requires States to submit to the Department, and make available to the public, a State performance plan (SPP) and an annual performance report (APR) with data on how each State implements both Parts B and C of the IDEA to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. Section 618 of the IDEA requires States to submit to the Department, and make available to the public, quantitative data on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities who are receiving early intervention and special education services under IDEA. Under section 611(c)(1) of IDEA, the Secretary has the authority to reserve funds appropriated under Part B to provide technical assistance (TA) activities authorized under section 616(i).The Secretary has the authority to reserve up to 1/2 of 1 percent of the amounts appropriated under Part B for each fiscal year to provide TA, where needed, to improve the capacity of States to meet the data collection and reporting requirements under Parts B and C of IDEA. The maximum amount the Secretary may reserve under this set-aside for any fiscal year is $25,000,000, cumulatively adjusted by the rate of inflation. Section 616(i) requires the Secretary to review the data collection and analysis capacity of states to ensure that data and information determined necessary for implementation of section 616 of IDEA are collected, analyzed, and accurately reported. It also requires the Secretary to provide TA, where needed, to improve the capacity of states to meet the data collection requirements under IDEA.