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The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)-required State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is a comprehensive multi-year plan that states develop and report on annually to improve results for children with disabilities. In developing the SSIP, states use data to identify gaps in student performance, and analyze the state system. They then implement targeted, evidence-based practices to address the gap for the target population. As part of the SSIP, states are expected to align their focus on results with other improvement and reform initiatives occurring in the state.
The SSIP requires states to develop a State Identified Measurable Result (SIMR). It is to focus on an area that, when implemented or resolved, has the potential to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. Each state selected a SIMR in the first year (2015) of OSEP’s Results Driven Accountability (RDA) initiative, though it could change as appropriate in subsequent years. More than 40 states (both regular states and unique state entities, listed below) have selected a SIMR that is aligned to assessment.
This page includes links to the 2021 SSIPs/SIMRs for states with an assessment-related SIMR. States without links generally had non-assessment related SIMRs. The State Systemic Improvement Plans for states denoted by an asterisk (*) have assessment-related SIMRs; however, they are excluded due to privacy protections or accessibility concerns.
States SSIPs are also available at https://sites.ed.gov/idea/spp-apr-letters . To locate the SSIP for a specific state and year:
1.Select: Part B, [year], [state]
2.Then click on MS Word document. Next scroll to end of the document to Indicator 17
3.Click on the pdf for the SSIP (Indicator 17)
- District Of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Unique State Entities
- American Samoa
- Federated States of Micronesia*
- Marshall Islands
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Virgin Islands*
- *The State Systemic Improvement Plans have assessment-related SIMRs; however, they are excluded due to privacy protections or accessibility concerns.