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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.
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
- Short Share 5 - Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
- Short Share 6 - Curriculum-Introduction
- Short Share 7 - Curriculum & Content Connectors
- Short Share 8 - Collaboration
- Short Share 9 - Instruction
- Short Share 10 - Assessment
From the Director Newsletters
- 2017-05-19 Director Newsletter
- 2017-05-05 Director Newsletter
- 2017-04-21 Director Newsletter
- 2017-04-07 Director Newsletter
- 2017-03-24 Director Newsletter
- Additional Newsletters can be found on Learning Connection in the IDOE-Special Education Administrators community’s Files and Bookmarks section.
For timely responses to Special Education questions and information requests, please contact our office by:
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone (local calls) at (317) 232‐0570
- Toll Free at (877) 851-4106
Additional Special Education Contacts and Information:
- Special Education Director and Local Administrator Contact List - Updated April 5, 2017
- Special Education FAQ - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Special Education Information
- Charter School Training Videos and Materials - September 2016
- Charter School Training Videos and Materials - September 2015
- Continuous Improvement Focused Monitoring System and General Supervision
- Due Process (Complaints/Mediations/Hearings)
- Early Childhood Preschool Services
- Indiana Resource Network
- Laws, Rules and Interpretations
- Part B Compliance and Performance Indicators
- Publications and Resources
- Related Links
- School-Based Medicaid
- State Advisory Council
- Statistics and Reports
- Universal Design for Learning
- 618 Reporting