The Office for Exceptional Children's Regional Special Education Leadership Summits planned for October 2016 are being moved until after the first of the year. Please be on the lookout for information regarding the dates for the Summits, as well as additional event details!
We hope the 2016-2017 school year is off to a positive start and we thank you for your great work on behalf of students with disabilities in the State of Ohio. We look forward to providing the field with important information and special education updates after the New Year!
A new edition of the Early Learning Program Updates, posted here, provides important information for data managers, program & school leaders, test coordinators, special education, preschool and kindergarten teachers.
Ohio is one of 34 states receiving a 2016 determination of Needs Assistance.
Over the past few weeks, ODE has received multiple questions about the use of the NIEP code. Analysis confirmed that in a substantial number of programs, NIEP codes have been submitted to EMIS and no additional reviews or revisions of the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) have been reported. This suggests large-scale misapplication or misunderstanding of this code. The NIEP is an EMIS code indicating that a required review has not yet occurred, but services are being provided. It was created to ensure that a student is counted in state special education funding calculations during the process of revising and reviewing an existing IEP. Click here for additional information related to the NIEP code.
The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children is currently exploring the feasibility of creating a universal system for electronic special education forms in Ohio. The universal system would be designed so that appropriate staff members in districts would have immediate availability of special education records for students transferring in to their districts, while also minimizing the burden of sharing documents to receiving districts when students transfer out. The first phase of this initiative is to determine the cost effectiveness, risks, technical constraints and needs both at the district and state levels related to implementation of a universal special education forms solution.