California Department of Education Special Education Division



























ISES Stakeholder Group

Improving Special Education Services (ISES) & State Performance and Personnel Development Plan (SPPDP)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended in 2004, made changes to how the state education agency measures and reports outcomes to the United States Department of Education (ED). The State Performance Plan (SPP) describes how the state will meet these new requirements. The SPP, a six-year plan for special education, is approved by the State Board of Education and is updated annually through the Annual Performance Report (APR).

All state level planning in special education needs to be tied to the SPP. Specifically the SPDG requires alignment to the SPP and the State Plan for No Child Left Behind. By way of example, States applying for competitively awarded SPDG funds are required to address needs identified through the SPP and the APR process.

Previously CDE has relied on several diverse planning groups to address such things as personnel development, monitoring and accountability, and fiscal management. It became apparent that all of these groups should become part of a unified planning process guided by the SPP. In January of 2007, CDE, along with the required partners reconstituted the scope and function of the Partnership Committee on Special Education (PCSE) and the Key Performance Indicator Stakeholder Committee (KPISC).

The California Department of Education combined the members of the two former planning groups and created the Improving Special Education Services (ISES): Through Planning, Personnel Development, and Performance Reporting Group. The ISES group meets two times per year.

Please see related links below to access meeting agenda’s, Work Group descriptions and recommendations, support documents and meeting evaluations.

Here is the current 2015 ISES Membership List adobe pdf (45kb) | HTML

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2014 ISES Meetings

June 4, 2014

ISES Meeting Agenda

ISES Meeting Materials

2013 ISES Meetings

December 3, 2013

ISES Meeting Agenda

ISES Meeting Materials


June 5, 2013

ISES Meeting Agenda

ISES Meeting Materials

Review of the APR

Small Sessions

  • Common Core State Standards and Special Education adobe pdf (1.5mb)
    Kristen Brown, Consultant, SED.
    Location: Conference Room 3103
  • Complaints and Due Process No attachments available
    Bob Morgan, Martin Miller, and Jane Canty, Administrators
  • Compliance No attachments available
    Ken Freedlander and Alison Greenwood, Administrators, Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance Units
  • Preschool No attachments available
    Pam Quiroz, Consultant, SED
  • Fiscal Compliance No attachments available
    Chris Essman, Consultant, SED
  • Parent Involvement No attachments available
    Allison Smith, Consultant, SED 

Indicator Discussion Groups

Transition to Adult Life

Jill Larson and Dan Boomer, Consultants


2012 ISES Meetings

December 3, 2012

ISES Meeting Agenda

ISES Meeting Materials

ISES Pre Meetings Opportunities for Discussion Groups

ISES Discussion Groups

  • Discussion Group Descriptions adobe pdf (61kb) | HTML
    1. Least Restrictive Environment
    2. Transition to Adult Life
      Secondary transition issues were discussed including current date for Indicator 13, Secondary Transition
    3. Disproportionality
      Executive Summary FFY 2010 for the California Annual Performance Report (APR) - Previous Year
      This executive summary report describes the State's progress or slippage in meeting the measureable and rigorous targets established in the SPP; and any revisions to the State's targets, improvement activities or resources in the SPP and justifications for the revisions. The full APR is avilable at
    4. Results-Driven Accountability
      The Goal of the Results Driven Accountability (RDA) discussion group is to build an understanding of RDA among participants, the reasons and impacts of this move by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and discuss needs in this area.
      A narrated PowerPoint provides ISES members an overview of this OSEP effort.