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05/06/2021View HTML Page Notice of Public Comment on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Annual State Application (update of March 03, 2021 posting)
2021
05/06/2021 View HTML Page  Notice of Public Comment on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Annual State Application (update of March 03, 2021 posting)
04/13/2021 Download PDF Document  Massachusetts Dyslexia Guidelines
03/23/2021 View HTML Page  Technical Assistance Advisory on Students with Autism and Application for Department of Developmental Services Adult Eligibility
03/04/2021 View HTML Page  Notice of Public Comment on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Annual State Application. The deadline for submission of public comment is April 2, 2021.
02/19/2021 View HTML Page  Save-the-date: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) annual Pre-ETS Vision of Collaboration Conference. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET, virtual conference
2020
11/16/2020 View HTML Page  FC274 IDEA Federal Targeted Special Education Program Improvement Grant Posted
11/09/2020 View HTML Page  FC298 Early Childhood Targeted Special Education Program Improvement and Safety Grant Posted
07/30/2020 View HTML Page  OSEP Webinar: Highlighting Resources and Practices to Support Back to School and Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities
07/10/2020 View HTML Page  SP601 Students with IEPs Ages 6–21 Edwin Report
07/10/2020 Download Word Document  Comprehensive Special Education Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year Memo
07/10/2020 View HTML Page  DESE is seeking a vendor to offer four virtual sections of the same institute on dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia
07/02/2020 View External Link  New guidance from the federal Office of Special Education Programs on implementation of IDEA Part B procedural safeguards – such as digital signature and notice – in the current COVID-19 environment. Issued June 30, 2020.
07/02/2020 View External Link  New guidance from the federal Office of Special Education Programs on flexibility in implementation of IDEA Part B fiscal requirements in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Issued June 26, 2020.
07/02/2020 View External Link  New guidance from the federal Office of Special Education Programs on the implementation of IDEA Part B use of funds (in Massachusetts, Fund Codes 240 and 262) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Issued June 25, 2020.
06/11/2020 View HTML Page  Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2020-3: Recommended Advance Planning for a Student with an IEP Accepted for Enrollment in a METCO District
06/02/2020 View HTML Page  Learning Ally — Audiobooks Solution is offering ALL public districts and schools in MA complimentary access to their online audiobook solution from now until August 1, 2020.
05/21/2020 View HTML Page  Significant Disproportionality Update - Review the ongoing support to districts at-risk of future identification and districts currently identified with significant disproportionality in special education.