Program Performance & Accountability
The Early Steps Program is required to develop a state plan annually, in accordance with Section 391.308(2)(c), Florida Statutes, that:
2017 - 2018 Early Steps Program Annual Report
Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004 requires that all participating states have a performance plan in place that evaluates efforts to implement IDEA and shows how the state will improve performance. The State Performance Plan is developed with broad stakeholder input.
States must report annually on the state's performance towards the targets established in the State Performance Plan through a State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR). Click on the link below to view Florida's FFY 2015-2016 State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report.
In accordance with federal reporting requirements identified by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), states must report annually to the public in meeting select targets set in the State Performance Plan (SPP). Local Early Steps are monitored to determine their performance with these targets identified in the SPP. Click on the link below to view state and Local Early Steps performance reports.
For more information on each indicator, view the Indicator Descriptions.
Florida has been determined by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to be in "Needs Assistance" in meeting the requirements of IDEA, Part C , for 2019. This Determination is based on data submitted in the FFY 2017 Annual Performance Report (APR) submitted February 2019, which is posted above. For more information, please read Florida's Determination Letter.
Click on the following link for Florida’s Part C Profile, maintained by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
In Florida’s Part C Profile, click on the Data Display file to view Florida’s annual report to the public on the number and percentage of children with disabilities, by race, gender, and ethnicity, who:
Click on the Dispute Resolution file to view Florida’s annual report to the public on:
Other files and URLs available in Florida’s Part C Profile include:
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs’ Results Driven Accountability initiative requires all IDEA Part C programs nationally to develop an SSIP. The state of Florida’s Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) includes the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) listed as Indicator 11.This is a multi-year plan that began July 2013 and will continue through June 2019. The purpose of the plan is to implement effective, sustainable policies and practices at the Florida Early Steps state and local levels to positively impact social-emotional development for infants and toddlers with disabilities ages 0 to 36 months.