Posted: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 8:21am Updated: Tue, 12/06/2016 - 9:29am

All students, including those with disabilities, are held to high expectations and have equitable access to educational opportunities that enrich their lives and prepare them for future success.

Equity and Access equals outcome

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In November 2015 the US Office of Special Education Programs published a Dear Colleague Letter that clarified the definition of a Free Appropriate Public Education for students who are eligible for special education services. Then in December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was passed by Congress. The Act reauthorizes programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and requires the submission of a state plan that assures challenging academic content standards are adopted that apply to ALL public schools and ALL public school students.

The Office of Special Education has an overall goal of improving outcomes for all students, including those with disabilities which can be accomplished through a system that ensures equity and access. This system of equity and access must be accompanied by a shared responsibility for holding students to high expectations with shared accountability for the outcomes produced. Sharing the responsibility and accountability for improving outcomes requires collaboration among educators and parents which results in high quality instruction that meets the diverse needs of all learners. The instruction, driven by ongoing, unbiased and meaningful assessment is delivered within a quality core curriculum based on grade level academic standards.

As the arrows indicate, this is a circular framework that implies no one place to begin or end and with all components relying on each other. These elements: Ongoing Collaboration, Quality Instruction, Appropriate Assessment and a Curriculum based on grade level content standards, enhanced by a multi-tiered system of support and Universal design principles, will provide the framework that allows every student to succeed.

Office of Special Education Short Shares
Every Student Succeeds
•  Short Share 1 - Conceptual Framework
•  Short Share 2 - Equity & Access  
•  Short Share 3 - Equity & Access Continued 
•  Short Share 4 - Universal Design for Learning

Email: specialeducation@doe.in.gov
Phone: (317) 232‐0570
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Special Education Information

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