The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires States* receiving grants under Part B to make available dispute resolution (DR) processes and report annually to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) on their performance. The processes, which include signed written state complaints (WSC), mediation, due process complaints (DPC), and expedited due process complaints, offer a formal means for resolving disagreements arising under the IDEA.
CADRE developed a National DR Longitudinal Database to gain a historical perspective of DR data to assist with the identification of trends and changes in the use of the IDEA DR processes over time. CADRE's National DR Data Dashboard provides users the ability to access this database to compare national and state DR data from 2004 to the present. Annual updates are released by OSEP, generally in the fall, for the previous year's school term. In November 2023, OSEP released the SY 2021-22 data included in this dashboard.
We would greatly appreciate your feedback about CADRE's National Dispute Resolution Data Dashboard by responding to this brief survey. Contact Dr. Melanie Reese for questions related to dispute resolution data at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CADRE gratefully acknowledges the collaboration with AEM Corporation in making this online database possible.
* For the purposes of this dashboard, the terms “states” are used interchangeably to refer to all 60 Part B grant recipients (i.e., the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau).