Results Driven Accountability (RDA)


The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) revised the IDEA accountability system to shift the focus from primarily compliance to placing more of an emphasis on achievement results for students with disabilities. The current initiative is called "Results Driven Accountability".


There are three main parts to RDA;

1. State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Reports (SPP/APR), which measures results and compliance. States are currently developing State Systematic Improvement Plans (SSIPs), designed to improve outcomes in targeted areas.

2. Determinations, which reflect state performance on results, as well as compliance.

3. Differentiated monitoring and support for all states, but especially low performing states.


There are also 7 core principles which guide the work of RDA:

1. Partnership with stakeholders

2. Transparent and understandable to educators and families

3. Drives improved results

4. Protects children and families

5. Differentiated incentives and supports to states

6. Encourages states to target resources and reduces stakeholders burden

7. Responsive to needs


To view the 2014 USDOE announcement about RDA, click here.


Additional OSEP resources can be located here.