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OSEP Memos, Dear Colleague Letters and Policy Letters

OSEP provides information, guidance and clarification regarding implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in a number of ways including OSEP Memos and Dear Colleague Letters, and OSEP Policy Letters.

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OSEP Memos and Dear Colleague Letters

OSEP Memos and Dear Colleague Letters are listed chronologically starting from the most recent issuance and going back to 2005. To obtain a copy of a document issued earlier than 2005 please contact Rebecca.Walawender@ed.gov.

Note: OSEP Memos related to grant applications, submission of SPP/APRs or reporting of IDEA State-Reported data under Section 618 of the IDEA are not included on this page as they are found elsewhere on this Web site.

Click here to locate an OSEP Memo or Dear Colleague Letter.

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OSEP Policy Letters

Policy Letters can be found under several alternative listings on this web page:

  1. chronological;
  2. topical; and
  3. as published quarterly in the Federal Register pursuant to Section 607 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004.

The chronological listing is the most current and complete listing of the three alternatives.

  • Chronological listing
    This starts with the most recently issued letter and continues in reverse chronological order through the year 2001. To locate a letter click on the year listed below.
  • Topical listing
    The listing includes letters organized by topic issued from March 2000 through December 2007. To locate a letter from the topical index, click here.
  • Section 607 Reports
    Section 607 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 requires that the Secretary of Education, on a quarterly basis, publish in the Federal Register a list of correspondence. This listing includes quarterly reports published from 4th Quarter 2000 through 1st Quarter 2012. To find these letters as indexed in the Section 607 Reports, click here.

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Memos and Dear Colleague Letters

OSEP Letter to CSSOs on School Lunch Program, June 11, 2014
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OSEP Dear Colleague Letter to CSSOs on LEA MOE, March 13, 2014
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OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Bullying, Aug. 20, 2013
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Enclosure:
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OSEP Memo and Q & A on Dispute Resolution, July 23, 2013
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OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Education for Highly Mobile Children, July 19, 2013
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OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Braille, June 19, 2013
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OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Model Notice, Public Insurance, June 11, 2013
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OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Updated NIMAS Guidelines, June 22, 2012
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OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Preschool (LRE), Feb. 29, 2012
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OSEP 11-07 Response to Intervention (RTI) Memo, Jan. 21, 2011
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OSEP 11-06 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Monitoring Announcement Memo, Dec. 6, 2010
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OSEP 10-05 Maintenance of State Financial Support under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Dec. 2, 2009
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OSEP 09-02 Reporting on Correction of Noncompliance, Oct. 17, 2008
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OSEP 08-09 Coordinated Early Intervening Services, July 28, 2008
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OSEP 07-10 Interpretation of 34 CFR §300.154(d)(2)(iv)(A), May 3, 2007 dotted line
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OSEP 07-09 Disproportionality of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Special Education, April 24, 2007
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OSEP 05-09 Obligations of States and Local Educational Agencies to Parentally-placed Private School Children with Disabilities, June 27, 2005
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OSEP 05-08 Educational Expenses for Children in Private Residential Facilities, March 17, 2005
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Policy Letters 

(Chronological listing)

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March 21, 2014 to Janice Breton
TOPIC; Electronic Mail
downloadable files following MS Word (99KB) | PDF (45KB)

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December 20, 2013 to Dr. Jim Delisle
TOPIC: Twice Exceptional
downloadable files following MS Word (98KB) | PDF (49KB)

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December 20, 2013 to Deborah Pergament
TOPIC: Makeup
downloadable files following MS Word (96KB) | PDF (45KB)

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November 26, 2013 to William J. Casey, Esq.
TOPIC: Reimbursement for PPPSS
downloadable files following MS Word (95KB) | PDF (43KB)

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November 25, 2013 to Guy M. McBride, Ph.D.
TOPIC: LD Criteria
downloadable files following MS Word (94KB) | PDF (42KB)

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November 5, 2013 to Buckley Hugo
TOPIC: LD Criteria
downloadable files following MS Word (99KB) | PDF (56KB)

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October 23, 2013 to Luke E. Kelly
TOPIC: APE
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September 24, 2013 to Marilyn Arons
TOPIC: Central Director
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September 24, 2013 to Jan Breton
TOPIC: Parent Participation-IEP Meeting
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September 10, 2013 to Dr. Perry Zirkel
TOPIC: RTI
downloadable files following MS Word (96KB) | PDF (50KB)

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September 5, 2013 to McKinney
TOPIC: Medicaid
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September 3, 2013 to Dude
TOPIC; Transition
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August 5, 2013 to Diana Bowman
TOPIC; Homeless Children with Disabilities
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August 1, 2013 to Michael I. Inzelbuch
TOPIC: Evaluation
downloadable files following MS Word (99KB) | PDF (111KB)

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July 31, 2013 to Garth Tymeson
TOPIC; Applicability of Physical Education for Preschool Children with Disabilities
downloadable files following MS Word (97KB) | PDF (63KB)

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July 19, 2013 to Maureen Greer,
TOPIC; Questions and Answers Part C Provisions
downloadable files following MS Word (125KB) | PDF (94KB)

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May 21, 2013 to Christopher Northrop
TOPIC: Parent Participation IEP Meetings
downloadable files following MS Word (232KB) | PDF (138KB)

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May 8, 2013 to Charlcie Flinn
TOPIC: FERPA
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April 18, 2013 to Marsha Johnson
TOPIC: Natural Environments
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April 2, 2013 to Glenna Gallo
TOPIC: Functional Behavior Assessment
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March 27, 2013 to William Casey
TOPIC: Resolution Sessions
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March 7, 2013 to Troy Couillard
TOPIC: RTI
downloadable files following MS Word (48KB) | PDF (1.43MB)

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February 4, 2013 to Dr. George V. Corwell
TOPIC: Parentally-placed private school children
downloadable files following MS Word (34KB) | PDF (625KB)

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January 30, 2013 to Carol Hokenson
TOPIC: CEIS-MOE
downloadable files following MS Word (45KB) | PDF (1.5MB)

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December 5, 2012 to Tomas Ramirez III,
TOPIC; Manifestation Determination Hearing
downloadable files following MS Word (30KB) | PDF (495KB)

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November 30, 2012 to Judith A. Gran and Catherine Merino Reisman,
TOPIC; Due Process Hearing
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December 15, 2012 to David Anderson,
TOPIC; LRE
downloadable files following MS Word (34KB) | PDF (712KB)

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November 14, 2012 to Dr. Rick Dale,
TOPIC; RTI/CEIS
downloadable files following MS Word (34KB) | PDF (862KB)

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November 7, 2012 to Philpot,
TOPIC; TX Rules
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November 7, 2012 to Boswell,
TOPIC; Parentally placed private school students with disabilities
downloadable files following MS Word (24KB) | PDF (481KB)

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October 18, 2012 to Goldstein, Esq.,
TOPIC; Maintenance of Current Educational Placement
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September 7, 2012 to Albert Gonzales,(
TOPIC; LEA MOE
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September 6, 2012 to Arthur Ackerhalt,
TOPIC; Related Services Start
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August 20, 2012 to Stephanie Petska,
TOPIC; MOE
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August 20, 2012 to Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations,
TOPIC; MOE
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August 20, 2012 to Gwen Moore,
TOPIC; MOE
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August 8, 2012 to Alex P. Apostle,
TOPIC; Children in Private Schools
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August 9, 2012 to Paula Walker,
TOPIC; Resolution Meetings
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June 26, 2012 to U.S. Congresswoman Lynn C. Woolsey.,
TOPIC; Federal and State Monitoring
downloadable files following MS Word (39KB) | PDF (1.1MB)

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June 22, 2012 to Virginia Department of Education Assistant Superintendent H. Douglas Cox.
TOPIC; Discipline Procedures
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June 22, 2012 to Disability Rights Wisconsin Managing Attorney Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnick.
TOPIC; Least Restrictive Environment
download files MS Word (32KB) | PDF (69KB)

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June 13, 2012 to East End Special Education Parents, Inc., President Kathleen Chamberlain.,
TOPIC; Children in Private Schools
download files MS Word (41KB) | PDF (126KB)

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June 6, 2012 to West Virginia attorney James Gerl.
TOPIC; Revocation of Consent
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May 9, 2012 to Special Education Advocate Ellen M. Chambers,
TOPIC; Special Education and Related Services
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April 26, 2012 to Family Soup Executive Director Cindy E. Chandler.
TOPIC; Prior Written Notice
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April 23, 2012 to Maryland attorney Michael J. Eig.
TOPIC: Resolution Process
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April 11, 2012 to Cumberland County Schools Exceptional Children’s Programs Executive Director Ruben A. Reyes.
TOPIC: Evaluations, Parental Consent, and Reevaluations
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April 10, 2012 to Little Cypress-Mauriceville Special Programs Director Robert H. Finch.
TOPIC: Individualized Education Programs for Transfer Students
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April 9, 2012 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC: Evaluations, Parental Consent, and Reevaluations
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April 4, 2012 to Center for Law and Education co-director Kathleen Boundy.
TOPIC: Maintenance of Effort
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March 28, 2012 to Individual (personally identifiable information redacted),
TOPIC; State Residency Requirements
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February 16, 2012 to Brenda Cassellius,
TOPIC; Impartial Due Process Hearings
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February 9, 2012 to Amy Goetz and Atlee Reilly,2
TOPIC; Impartial Due Process Hearings
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December 19, 2011 to Denise Koscielniak,
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December 6, 2011 to Susan Luger Associates,
TOPIC; Children in Private Schools
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December 2, 2011 to Patricia Pierce,
TOPIC; Graduation
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September 30, 2011 to Ronald Stern,
TOPIC; Least Restrictive Environment
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September 26, 2011 to H. Douglas Cox,
TOPIC: Individualized Education Programs
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September 6, 2011 to Ronald Caplan,
TOPIC: Surrogate Parents
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June 16, 2011 to National Association of State Directors of Special Education Executive Director Bill East
TOPIC: Use of Federal Funds
download files MS Word (31KB) | PDF (532KB)

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May 26, 2011 to East End Special Education Parents President Kathleen Chamberlain
TOPIC: Children in Private Schools
download files MS Word (34KB) | PDF (783KB)

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May 4, 2011 to Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Robert Moser and Chief Fiscal Officer Pat Kuester
TOPIC: Nonsupplanting
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April 25, 2011 to Center for Education Advocacy, Inc. Director Lilly Rangel-Diaz
TOPIC: Individualized Education Plan Team
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March 7, 2011 to Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey Executive Co-Director Diana Autin
TOPIC: Least Restrictive Environment
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March 2, 2011 to District of Columbia Acting State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley
TOPIC: General Supervisory Authority
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February 10, 2011 to non-attorney advocate Amber Mintz
TOPIC: Evaluations, Parental Consent and Reevaluations
download files MS Word (45KB) | PDF (1.7MB)

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February 9, 2011 to Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association President Brad Hutton and National Association of State Directors of Special Education Director Bill East
TOPIC: Early Childhood Transition
download files MS Word (53KB) | PDF (1.8MB)

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January 24, 2011 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted)
TOPIC: Individualized Education Plan
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January 19, 2011 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted)
TOPIC: Independent Educational Evaluations
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January 6, 2011 to Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Special Education Section Director Douglas Gill
TOPIC: Use of Federal Funds
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January 6, 2011 to Lehigh University Professor of Education and Law Perry A. Zirkel
TOPIC: Evaluations, Parental Consent and Reevaluations
download files MS Word (37KB) | PDF (1.1MB)

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January 5, 2011 to Texas West Independent School District Assistant Superintendant Jan Hungate
TOPIC: Least Restrictive Environment
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