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Michigans Early On Performance Improves for Federal Reporting

LANSING – Michigan’s performance implementing Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), or Early On, improved over last year, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) reported today.

Early On is Michigan’s system for helping infants and toddlers, children birth to age 3, who have developmental delays or are at risk for delays due to certain health conditions, as well as their families. Early On builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance eligible children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.

“Our statewide progress is welcome news and reflects improved systems of support among Early On providers, the Michigan Department of Education, and groups that advocate for our children with special needs,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice.

Michigan received a score of 81.25 percent for its 2021 federal determination performance rating on meeting the requirements and outcomes of IDEA, Part C for the 2019-20 program year. This score represents a 3.55 percentage point increase from a score of 77.7 percent for the previous program year. The threshold for a determination of “Meets Requirements” is 80 percent. Therefore, Michigan’s determination for Part C is “Meets Requirements.”

Federal officials use both compliance and results data to establish the score and corresponding “determination” on whether a state “meets requirements,” “needs assistance,” or “needs intervention.” Michigan received a score of 14 out of 14 available points on compliance indicators and a score of 5 out of 8 available points for results indicators.

“We are pleased with the trajectory of growth and will continue to work to improve outcomes for every child in Michigan,” said Deputy State Superintendent Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht.

Dr. Koenigsknecht said many collaborative efforts are occurring on behalf of infants and toddlers with delays and disabilities to improve compliance and results outcomes. The determination of “Meets Requirements” reflects the efforts of efforts. 

“We appreciate the commitment from our partners across the education landscape in Michigan and look forward to continued growth and improvement,” Dr. Koenigsknecht said. “Progress such as this brings us closer to becoming a top education state, including the promotion of outcomes for infants and toddlers with special needs and for their families.” 

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