Each Local School System and Public Agency serving children and youth with disabilities is unique, and their needs for general supervision and engagement from the DSE/EIS vary greatly depending upon numerous factors. The reorganization of the DSE/EIS and its new focus on the four Action Imperatives and Results Driven Accountability (RDA) will allow Division staff to monitor and provide technical assistance  and support to programs in a more effective, efficient, and systematic manner.

An LSS/PA is assigned to one of four tiers – Universal, Targeted, Focused, or Intensive – of general supervision based upon performance on the IDEA State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report  (SPP/APR) compliance and results indicators, correction of noncompliance, analysis of data, fiscal management, and monitoring  findings. This comprehensive information  is used to provide differentiated engagement that focuses on building capacity to improve results and directs State resources to those LSS/PAs that are the lowest performing. At the same time, LSS/PAs that are achieving success are recognized  and provided with the support needed to publish and disseminate their successful best practices.

The DSE/EIS leaders  are committed to Results Driven Accountability by maintaining compliance and providing technical assistance and supports to improve results for all—including infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their families.

by Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services Staff