March 14, 2006Honorable Lui TuiteleDirector of Education American Samoa Department of EducationP.O. Box 186Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799Dear Director Tuitele:Thank you for your timely submission of American Samoa’s State Performance Plan (SPP) for review under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Section 616(b) of the Act requires States to submit, within one year after the date of enactment of the reauthorized IDEA, an SPP that evaluates the State’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of IDEA and describes how the State will improve implementation. We appreciate the State’s efforts in preparing the SPP under a short timeline and in the face of many other competing priorities. In the SPPs, due by December 2, 2005, States were to include: (1) baseline data that reflect the State’s efforts to implement Part B of the IDEA; (2) measurable and rigorous targets for the next six years for each of the indicators established by the Secretary in the priority areas under section 616(a) of the IDEA; and (3) activities the State will undertake to improve implementation of Part B.