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Ed's Exceptions to the Uniform Guidance (Feb 03, 2015)
Exceptions to the Uniform Guidance
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OSERS: Legislation and Policy (Sep 24, 2014)
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) develops and implements policy and legislation that directly impact individuals with disabilities and their families. OSERS also plays a critical role in monitoring these laws and regulations.
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OSEP Legislation and Policy Archive (Aug 28, 2014)
OSEP assists states with implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As part of its mission, OSEP is charged with developing, communicating and disseminating federal policy on early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and on the provision of special education and related services for children with disabilities.
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OSEP policy documents disproportionality based on race and ethnicity in the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities. (Jun 19, 2014)
OSEP policy documents disproportionality based on race and ethnicity in the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities.
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OSEP Dear Colleague Letter to CSSOs on School Lunch Programs (PDF) (Jun 19, 2014)
OSEP Dear Colleague Letter to CSSOs on School Lunch Programs (PDF)
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UNOFFICIAL COPY of the U.S. Department of Education (Department)Request for Information on Addressing Significant Disproportionality under Section 618(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (MS Word) (Jun 17, 2014)
UNOFFICIAL COPY of the U.S. Department of Education (Department)Request for Information on Addressing Significant Disproportionality under Section 618(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (MS Word)
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UNOFFICIAL COPY of the U.S. Department of Education (Department)Request for Information on Addressing Significant Disproportionality under Section 618(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (PDF) (Jun 17, 2014)
UNOFFICIAL COPY of the U.S. Department of Education (Department)Request for Information on Addressing Significant Disproportionality under Section 618(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (PDF)
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Editor's Pick  Significant Guidance Documents (Feb 04, 2014)
This is a list of significant guidance documents issued by the U.S. Department of Education since January 25, 2007.
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Requirement to submit a State Plan describing the manner in which they administrer the VR and Supported Employment programs. (Jan 15, 2014)
State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies are required to submit a State Plan describing the manner in which they administrer the VR and Supported Employment programs in their states.
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All 2009 Policy Letters (Nov 09, 2012)
This page contains policy letters issued during 2009 listed in chronological order.
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All 2008 Policy Letters (Nov 09, 2012)
This page contains policy letters issued during 2008 listed in chronological order.
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All 2007 Policy Letters (Nov 09, 2012)
This page contains policy letters issued during 2007 listed in chronological order.
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All 2002 Policy Letters (Nov 09, 2012)
This page contains policy letters issued during 2002 listed in chronological order.
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All 2001 Policy Letters (Nov 09, 2012)
This page contains policy letters issued during 2001 listed in chronological order.
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All 2004 Policy Letters (Nov 09, 2012)
This page contains policy letters issued during 2004 listed in chronological order.
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All 2003 Policy Letters (Nov 09, 2012)
This page contains policy letters issued during 2003 listed in chronological order.
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All 2006 Policy Letters (Nov 09, 2012)
This page contains policy letters issued during 2006 listed in chronological order.
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All 2005 Policy Letters (Nov 09, 2012)
This page contains policy letters issued during 2005 listed in chronological order.
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All 2010 Policy Letters (Oct 26, 2012)
This page contains policy letters issued during 2010 listed in chronological order.
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State Coordination With the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) (Sep 27, 2012)
Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(23), each State must provide assurance to the Secretary that the State has policies and procedures in effect to ensure that it has adopted the National Instruction Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) for the purpose of providing instructional materials to blind persons or other persons with print disabilities, in a timely manner.
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September 7, 2012: Letter to Chief State School Officers on Granting Administrative Flexibility for Better Measures of Success (Sep 07, 2012)
September 7, 2012: Letter to Chief State School Officers on Granting Administrative Flexibility for Better Measures of Success from, from Thomas P. Skelly.
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Sample Approaches for Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System. (MS Word) (Aug 24, 2012)
Sample Approaches for Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System. (MS Word)
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Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System. Input from the NCEO Core Team (PDF) (Jul 17, 2012)
Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System. Input from the NCEO Core Team (PDF)
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Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System. Input from the NCEO Core Team (MS Word) (Jul 17, 2012)
Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System. Input from the NCEO Core Team (MS Word)
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A press release on Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (MS Word) (May 04, 2012)
A press release on Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (MS Word)
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A press release on Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF) (May 04, 2012)
A press release on Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF)
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A Q and A on Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (MS Word) (May 04, 2012)
A Q and A on Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (MS Word)
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A Q and A on Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF) (May 04, 2012)
A Q and A on Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF)
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A summary of Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (MS Word) (May 04, 2012)
A summary of Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (MS Word)
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A summary of Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF) (May 04, 2012)
A summary of Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (MS Word)
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A summary of Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF) (May 04, 2012)
A summary of Results-Driven Accountability in Special Education. (PDF)
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Process and Criteria Used to Evaluate a Request by States to Waive Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirements under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (MS Word) (Jun 17, 2010)
Process and Criteria Used to Evaluate a Request by States to Waive Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirements under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (MS Word)
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Process and Criteria Used to Evaluate a Request by States to Waive Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirements under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (PDF) (Jun 17, 2010)
Process and Criteria Used to Evaluate a Request by States to Waive Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirements under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (PDF)
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Memorandum on Maintenance of State Financial Support under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (MS Word) (Dec 02, 2009)
ED/OSERS/OSEP Memorandum on Maintenance of State Financial Support under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (MS Word)
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Memorandum on Maintenance of State Financial Support under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (PDF) (Dec 02, 2009)
ED/OSERS/OSEP Memorandum on Maintenance of State Financial Support under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (PDF)
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Office of Postsecondary Education - Congressional Testimony and Announcements (Jan 21, 2009)
This page provides Congressional testimony and announcements from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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Preprint for State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the State Plan Supplement for Supported Employment Services (MS Word) (Jan 09, 2009)
State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies are required to submit a State Plan describing the manner in which they administer the VR and Supported Employment programs in their states. (MS Word)
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Guidance for Development and Submittal of the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the State Plan Supplement for Supported Employment Services OMB NUMBER: 1820-0500 (PDF) (Jan 09, 2009)
State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies are required to submit a State Plan describing the manner in which they administrer the VR and Supported Employment programs in their states.
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Preprint for State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the State Plan Supplement for Supported Employment Services (PDF) (Jan 09, 2009)
State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies are required to submit a State Plan describing the manner in which they administer the VR and Supported Employment programs in their states. (PDF)
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Guidance for Development and Submittal of the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the State Plan Supplement for Supported Employment Services OMB NUMBER: 1820-0500 (MS Word) (Jan 09, 2009)
State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies are required to submit a State Plan describing the manner in which they administrer the VR and Supported Employment programs in their states.
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Dear Colleague Letter about Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Final Regulations (Dec 17, 2008)
This letter is to inform you that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) final regulations were published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2008.
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Section-by-Section Analysis of Final Regulations--Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (PDF) (Dec 17, 2008)
Section-by-section analysis of the final FERPA regulations published on December 9, 2008. (PDF)
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Family Policy Compliance Office Hot Topics (Aug 15, 2008)
Family Policy Compliance Office Hot Topics
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Legislation, Regulations and Guidance -- Reading First Guidance for the Participation of Private School Students and Teachers for Participation in the Reading First Program (MS WORD) (Apr 10, 2008)
Guidance for the Participation of Private School Students And Teachers In The Reading First Program. This guidance is dated April 2008. (MS WORD)
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ED Memoranda & Guidance for Grantees | U.S. Department of Education (Oct 03, 2007)
Grants Policy Bulletins and Memoranda provide guidance on awarding and administering discretionary grants for the U.S. Department of Education.
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Late Liquidation Memoranda (Oct 03, 2007)
This document provides links to recent late liquidation policy guidance issued to Chief State School Officers.
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Editor's Pick  Disclosure of Information from Education Records to Parents of Postsecondary Students (Jun 07, 2007)
Information for parents regarding FERPA, educations records, IRS rules tax purposes, dependents, HIPAA, law enforcement.
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Final Regulations on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (May 20, 2007)
The development of modified academic achievement standards for some students with disabilities and their use for making adequate yearly progress decisions is authorized under Department regulations published on April 9, 2007.
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IDEA Website (Feb 09, 2007)
A link to the new IDEA 2004 Web site, the source for news, information and resources related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
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Migrant Student Records Exchange Initiative Privacy Statement (MSIX) - ED/OESE/OME (Jan 22, 2007)
This document outlines the privacy requirements and practices related to the Office of Migrant Education's student records exchange initiatives which focus on determining and creating the most effective records transfer system. (MS Word)
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