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07/30/2020View HTML Page OSEP Webinar: Highlighting Resources and Practices to Support Back to School and Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities
07/30/2020 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.
04/15/2020 View HTML Page  DESE is seeking a vendor for "Planning for Special Education Success and Providing Professional Development." Bid documents are available on COMMBUYS and due by June 12, 2020 12:00 PM.
04/09/2020 View HTML Page  Special Education Advisory Council meeting will be held virtually April 14, 2020.
04/09/2020 View HTML Page  COVID-19 Information and Resources for Special Educators: Additional Resources (Excel)
04/07/2020 View HTML Page  Memo from Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner — 2019-2020 Determinations of Need for Special Education Technical Assistance or Intervention
04/06/2020 View HTML Page  MA Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology posted updated guidance on 3/31/2020 for SLPs.
04/01/2020 View HTML Page  FY 20 Fund Code 258 Significant Disproportionality in Special Education Targeted Federal Program Improvement Grant Extension
03/31/2020 The Special Education Directors' Regional Meetings scheduled for April 6th, 7th, and 9th have been canceled.
03/26/2020 View HTML Page  MCAS- Alt Update: Schools do NOT need to submit MCAS-Alt portfolios by April 3.
03/18/2020 View HTML Page  COVID-19 Information and Resources for Special Educators
03/13/2020 View HTML Page  Meeting cancelation. The April 7, 2020 Special Education Advisory Council meeting is canceled.
03/13/2020 View HTML Page  Webinar today at 3 PM! DESE update: Special Education and COVID-19
03/03/2020 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, 2020.
02/19/2020 View HTML Page  DESE is seeking a vendor for a statewide program that provides high quality and effective special education services to students residing in state facilities or programs.
01/21/2020 View HTML Page  IEP Evaluation Consent Form Attachment N1A, Revised
01/16/2020 View HTML Page  Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards, Revised November 2019
01/10/2020 View HTML Page  Is Special Education the Right Service?: Referral, Evaluation & Eligibility Guide
01/09/2020 View HTML Page  The February 4, 2020 Special Education Advisory Council meeting has been canceled.
01/07/2020 View HTML Page  Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2020-1: Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)
2019
12/10/2019 View HTML Page  DESE is seeking a vendor to facilitate stakeholder engagement for the IEP Improvement Project. Bid documents are available on COMMBUYS (IEP Improvement Project — Stakeholder Engagement)
12/03/2019 View HTML Page  IEP Evaluation Consent Form Attachment N1A, Revised
12/02/2019 View HTML Page  Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards, Revised November 2019
11/22/2019 View HTML Page  Information about the January 2020 Special Education Directors' Regional Meetings
11/12/2019 View HTML Page  Explore DESE's e-learning module: A Parent's Guide to Special Education
10/17/2019 Download PDF Document  Registration information for the Building Inclusive Communities in Early Childhood Conference, October 21, 2019
09/27/2019 View HTML Page  October 2019 Regional Meetings for Special Education Directors
09/27/2019 View HTML Page  E-learning resource! Explore DESE's e-learning module for Massachusetts Educators called: IDEA Equitable Services for Children with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools.
09/19/2019 View HTML Page  LEA Assignment Request Form, Revised August 31, 2019
09/05/2019 Download PDF Document  Letter from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services regarding state compliance with IDEA Equitable Services — received August 15, 2019
08/23/2019 View HTML Page  Update on Data Collection Activities for the Massachusetts State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR)
08/19/2019 View HTML Page  FY20 Fund Code 274 and Fund Code 249 discretionary grant programs
08/19/2019 View HTML Page  Massachusetts DESE/Extended Evaluation Form Revised (03/22/19)