Every year, each school district receives a Special Education Profile displaying the district's performance on key indicators established by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The profile also informs the district of any required activities based on these indicators. Districts must complete all required activities to demonstrate compliance with IDEA.
The Office for Exceptional Children is pleased to announce the 2016 Outstanding Special Education Leadership Award winners. Named in honor of Kathe Shelby, Director of Ohio’s Office for Exceptional Children from 2008-11, the award is presented to leaders who have demonstrated exceptional and effective skills in improving the quality of special education for Ohio’s school children and youth.
The Ohio Department of Education provided a policy clarification regarding the ratio in preschool special education classrooms during a webinar recorded on Nov. 10, 2016. While this is not a new rule or a change in policy, the Office for Early Learning and School Readiness covers questions from school leaders and educators about the implementation of the rule in this webcast recording.
Here is the November 2016 edition of the Early Learning Program Updates, which provides important Early Childhood Education information for administrators, teachers, families and community members.
The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program is to ensure that all children and youth, including preschoolers, have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education, as non-homeless children and youth. See more at the Ohio Department of Education's McKinney-Vento Resources for Awareness.