On February 7, 2024, PDE Bureau of Special Education Director Carole L. Clancy disseminated a PennLink communiqué to LEAs titled State Performance Plan Data Requirements – Postsecondary School Survey – Cohort 3 (MP4S). The memo references the accountability requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) with regard to the secondary transition mandate by which each state is to determine, for the state as a whole, the extent to which students are achieving transition outcomes as stated in their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) (State Performance Plan – Indicator 14).
To meet this federal reporting requirement, once over a five-year period, each local educational agency (LEA) is required to survey all students with IEPs who graduate, dropout, or age out. The My Plan For Success process (MP4S) will be used to gather this data. The random sampling process used to assign each LEA to one of the five years in each cycle ensures that the LEAs selected each year are representative of the state as a whole with regard to LEA size, disability category, ethnicity, gender, and exiting status.
During the 2022-2023 school year, LEAs assigned to Target Sampling Cohort 3 completed the exit process. The LEAs assigned to MP4S Cohort 3 need to be aware of the following points as they must fulfill the post-survey requirements during the 2023-2024 school year:
-No earlier than one year after the student left school and no later than September 30, 2024, the LEA will need to administer the MP4S post survey to former students who had an IEP and who graduated, dropped out, or aged out at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. (These former students should have been administered the exit survey in Spring of 2023). All this information will be entered by your LEA through the Leader Services online system.
-Intermediate Unit and Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) transition consultants will monitor the LEA’s progress and assist as needed with the MP4S procedure.
-The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education will provide training on the implementation and electronic submission of the MP4S Target Year 1 to LEAs via a webinar scheduled for April 19, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Please register for this webinar at https://www.pattan.net/Events/Webinar/Course-3290/Events/Session-39197.
For questions about this process, contact Hillary Mangis, Educational Consultant at the PaTTAN-Pittsburgh Office, at (800) 446-5607, ext. 6878 (inside PA) or via email at [email protected].