OSERS' Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports. When schools fail to consider and provide for needed behavioral supports through the Individualized Education Program (IEP), it is likely to result in children not receiving the free appropriate public education to which they are entitled under federal law. The Dear Colleague Letter, as well as additional resources, can be found on the Rethink Discipline Web site.
OSERS Releases 2016 IDEA State Determinations
As part of its ongoing efforts to improve education for America's 7 million children with disabilities, on June 28, 2016, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services released state determinations on implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Part B and Part C for fiscal year 2014, available on our GRADS 360° site. The Department made its determinations using both compliance and results data, giving each equal weight in making a state's determination. The IDEA requires each state to report annually to the Secretary on its performance under its State Performance Plan (SPP).
The State Determinations Fact Sheet (PDF, 111KB) provides information including the determination category for each state under Part B and Part C. OSEP will provide links to each state's determination letter and attachments early in July.
Grant Opportunity: Comprehensive Centers Program-National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) along with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) announce a new grant opportunity: Comprehensive Centers Program: National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities. CFDA Number: 84.283D.
- Publication Date/Application Available: June 8, 2016
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 25, 2016
OSEP will conduct an informational webinar on June 27, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The Dial-In number is 1-877-951-6686 and the Passcode is 5828011. Register for the webinar here. Please contact Kristen Rhoads [202-245-6715] if you have questions.
Watch #RethinkDiscipline: Addressing Disparities in School Discipline
Watch a March 16th live discussion with experts and practitioners regarding disparities in school discipline. Panelists will discuss disparities in school discipline and ways to eliminate those disparities by addressing implicit bias, and implementing restorative justice strategies.
A Multi-Year Disproportionality Analysis by State, Analysis Category, and Race/Ethnicity
This report provides a set of tables showing the number and percentage of school districts that would be identified with significant disproportionality if ED's example risk ratio thresholds were adopted by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
40 years ago, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) became law.
Secretary Arne Duncan speaks on why that's worth celebrating! #IDEA40
Posted by U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
In November, 2015, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the passage of Public Law 94-142, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Read about the history of this landmark legislation, exciting events surrounding its anniversary celebration, and new resources to help and support students with disabilities.
Questions and Answers Regarding Inclusion of English Learners with Disabilities in English Language Proficiency Assessments and Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives.
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). These are assessments designed to measure the progress of ELs in attaining English language proficiency. The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) administers the ESEA and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) administers Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). OESE and OSERS are issuing the guidance to help states and LEAs understand how Part B of the IDEA and Titles I and III of the ESEA address the inclusion of ELs with disabilities in annual state ELP assessments. The 2014 guidance was amended by the 2015 Addendum.
July 2015 Addendum
Earlier Spotlight Items
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) authorizes formula grants to states and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development and parent-training and information centers.