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New IDEA Section 618 Data Has a New Home
OSEP has launched a new Web site to publicly report the IDEA Section 618 data as well as provide documentation associated with the data. See how each state is doing for infants, toddlers and children who receive services under IDEA.

New Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Updates

In Spring 2015, the Departments of Labor and Education plan to concurrently publish five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) to implement WIOA, which was signed into law July 22, 2014. Download the latest Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) updates (PDF, 34KB)

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Ebola Q&A
OSERS is issuing a Question and Answer (Q&A) document to respond questions concerning extended absence of a child, school dismissal, or early intervention service (EIS) provider closure, due to public health actions related to Ebola virus exposure. Download the OSERS Ebola Q&A (PDF, 278KB)

Correctional Education Guidance Package, Including an OSERS Dear Colleague Letter on IDEA for Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder announced the release of a Correctional Education Guidance Package to help states and local agencies aimed at helping states and local agencies strengthen the quality of education services provided to America’s estimated 60,000 young people in confinement every day.

OSERS NEW BLOG IS HERE!
Check Out the First Post on Results Driven Accountability

The NEW OSERS Blog is here! Check out our first Blog post and give your feedback on Results Driven Accountability: IDEA Part C Results Data in Determinations. Also, please also visit the RDA Home page for all the latest RDA information and resources.

"Know It 2 Own It": Ms. Wheelchair USA 2014—2015 Shares Her Story
Know It 2 Own It” is a campaign to encourage Americans to learn more about the disability rights movement and history that led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July of 1990.

“Twenty years ago, [people with disabilities] had to adapt to the environment,
but because of the ADA, the environment adapts to us.
That’s changed thanks to the ADA.”

Yvette Pegues is the current Ms. Wheelchair USA and a disability advocate and author. In September 2014, as part of the Partners in Progress Back-to-School Bus Tour, she met with Secretary Arne Duncan and shared her story about living with a disability. As Ms. Wheelchair USA, Yvette travels the country sharing her personal story and emphasizing the importance of inclusion and adaptability. Now, as part of ED’s “Know It 2 Own It” campaign, she talks about what the ADA means to her. To learn more about Project SEARCH at the Department of Education, check out her “Know It 2 Own It” video.

Questions and Answers Regarding Inclusion of English Learners with Disabilities in English Language Proficiency Assessments
This guidance document is on the inclusion of English Learners (ELs) with disabilities in English language proficiency (ELP) assessments under Titles I and III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA).

  • Cover Letter:
    download file Word (203KB) | PDF (216KB)  
  • Q&A:
    download file Word (250KB) | PDF (94KB)

New Accountability Framework

To improve the educational outcomes of America’s 6.5 million children and youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education announced a major shift in the way it oversees the effectiveness of states’ special education programs.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Promotes Early Developmental and Behavioral Screening for Kids

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! logoThe U.S. Departments of Education and of Health and Human Services have launched Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for children to support the families and providers who care for them. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will help families look for and celebrate milestones; promote universal screenings; identify delays as early as possible; and improve the support available to help children succeed in school and thrive alongside their peers.

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Inclusion|Equity|Opportunity

OSERS is committed to the broad values of inclusion, equity and opportunity for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of life. OSERS promotes inclusion, ensures equity and creates opportunity as we strive to improve results and outcomes for children and adults with disabilities.

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Mission

To provide leadership to achieve full integration and participation in society of people with disabilities by ensuring equal opportunity and access to, and excellence in, education, employment and community living.

In implementing this mission, OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas—Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Research—through its three main components: NIDRR, OSEP, and RSA.

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Last Modified: 02/12/2015