DATA MANAGEMENT ALERT
Updates to Reporting Developmental Delay
To be eligible for Developmental Delay (DD), students must be younger than ten (10) years of age. Effective fiscal year 2024, students reported with the DD need will fail integrity, receiving error -40072, two months before their tenth birthday. This new rule will aid in ensuring that Public Education Agencies (PEAs) meet evaluation timelines and update the DD need appropriately. If DD is not updated by the student’s tenth birthday, integrity will fail with the updated error -40041.
IDEA regulations allow states to determine eligibility for special education to children aged three through nine who are experiencing developmental delays in one or more of the following areas: physical development; cognitive development; communication development; social or emotional development; or adaptive development [34 C.F.R. 300.8(b)]. Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) state that “Developmental delay” means performance by a child who is at least three years of age but under ten years of age on a norm-referenced test that measures at least one and one-half, but not more than three, standard deviations below the mean for children of the same chronological age in two or more of the following areas: cognitive development; physical development; communication development; social or emotional development; [or] adaptive development” [A.R.S. 15-761(3)].
The following integrity rules ensure PEAs are aware of a DD student’s upcoming birthday:
- -40072 - Student Need of DD must be re-evaluated and have an exit date before the student’s 10th birthday.
- -40041 - Invalid age for need code DD.
Please email ESS Data Management with any questions.