A female elementary student is seated at a desk. She is reading Braille.

A student at the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) reads Braille in her classroom.
Photo by Joe Ragusa, Kentucky Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USED’s) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued its 2023 Determination Letters on State Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Kentucky was found to Meet Requirements and Purposes of Part B of the IDEA. This marks the 14th consecutive year of Kentucky receiving the USED’s highest level of determination states can receive for the implementation of the IDEA.

Part B of IDEA governs how special education and related services are provided to school-aged children (ages 3-21) with disabilities. Kentucky’s Part B program is administered by the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Early Learning (OSEEL).

This year, 23 states or territories met requirements, six states need assistance (one year), 29 states and territories need assistance (two or more consecutive years), and two territories received a determination of “needs intervention.”

More information about the 2023 annual determinations and a full list of each state’s performance and their implementation of the IDEA may be found on the USED’s website.

“OSEEL’s remarkable dedication has propelled our state to the forefront, earning us a high ranking among states in serving special education students,” said Gretta Hylton, associate commissioner of OSEEL. “Our tireless efforts continue to pave the way toward a more inclusive and equitable education system for all. I am inspired by the work done at KDE as we prioritize the needs of special education students.”

Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass said he was proud of KDE’s ability to serve the Commonwealth’s children with disabilities. 

“Kentucky’s recognition as a top leader in implementing IDEA is a testament to our state’s unwavering commitment to providing exceptional education for students with disabilities,” he said. “As a state agency, KDE prioritizes and elevates the educational experiences of all students, regardless of ability.”

For additional information about how USED’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services makes its annual state determinations under Part B of the IDEA, email Hylton.