The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) serves as the State educational agency (SEA) for the District of Columbia. OSSE ensures compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq. (IDEA) for children with disabilities who receive special education and related services from local educational agencies (LEAs) and other public agencies in the District of Columbia.
In FFY 2016, the District of Columbia's student population included 12,811 children with disabilities. (Data Source: OSSE FFY 2016 Child Count) In FFY 2016, children in the District of Columbia were served by 66 LEAs, including the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and 65 public charter school LEAs. In the District of Columbia, public charter school LEAs historically have been able to elect to have DCPS serve as the LEA for the purposes of IDEA, in which case DCPS becomes responsible for ensuring compliance. In FFY 2016, 9 public charter school LEAs made this election. Therefore, 57 LEAs are referenced when examining IDEA-related compliance and results indicators.