Memorandum on Significant Disproportionality in Special Education
The purpose of this memorandum is to assist school districts and other interested parties in understanding the requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) pertaining to significant disproportionality, updated in 2016, and the fiscal implications of these requirements.
Memorandum on Addressing the Needs of Students with Disabilities Relocating to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico
This memo provides school districts with guidance about planning for and responding to the needs of students with disabilities and students experiencing trauma as a result of natural disasters who have relocated to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands following the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
Dear Colleague Letter on Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE):
Policy guidance that clarifies that individualized education programs (IEP) for children with disabilities must be aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled.
Dear Colleague Letter on Dyslexia:
Policy guidance that clarifies that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations or IEP documents.
Question and Answer Guide Related to Implementation of 603 CMR 46.00 the Regulations for the Prevention of Physical Restraint and Requirements if Used and Conforming Amendments to 603 CMR 18.00 Program and Safety Standards for Approved Public or Private Day and Residential Programs
Content retrieved on 7/5/2020 from: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/advisories/?section=guidance.