In a few days Dr. Melody Musgrove will step down as Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Musgrove was appointed to her position by President Obama in 2010 and has ably led the special education program within the Department of Education since August 2010.
While Dr. Musgrove led many policy, research and practice reform efforts during her tenure, her legacy is Results-Driven Accountability (RDA). In May 2014, Secretary Duncan announced that the U.S. Department of Education would be implementing a revised accountability system under the IDEA know as Results-Driven Accountability, which would shift the Department’s accountability efforts from a primary emphasis on compliance to a framework that focuses on improved results for students with disabilities, while continuing to assist States in ensuring compliance with the IDEA’s requirements.
Michael Yudin, the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), said in a statement: "I want to thank Melody for her outstanding service to the Department and her tireless commitment to improving the lives of America's children and youth with disabilities. Through her leadership, she played a critical role in strengthening accountability for students with disabilities, helping move us from a compliance-focused approach to one driven by results. In the years ahead, we expect this will significantly help students with disabilities reach their education potential."
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) appreciates Dr. Musgrove’s willingness to reach out and partner with our association in so many ways throughout her five year tenure as Director of OSEP. CEC members had many opportunities to share and collaborate with Dr. Musgrove, leading to better outcomes for children and youth with disabilities.
As Dr. Musgrove begins her next life’s journey, CEC pays tribute to her dedication and commitment, proactive leadership and professionalism and wishes her the very best in the future. Thank you Dr. Musgrove!