On November 17th, the US Department of Education issued guidance on access to a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities. The guidance clarifies that students with disabilities should not only have access to a free appropriate public education, but also they should have individualized education programs (IEPs) that are aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled. This will help to ensure that all students receive high-quality instruction that prepares them for success in college and careers.
The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services recently issued a Dyslexia Guidance letter to states and school districts. The letter reminds all that the use of terms such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia are appropriate when supported by a child’s comprehensive evaluation.
Ohio’s Accessibility Manual is a comprehensive policy document providing information about the accessibility features of Ohio’s State Tests for grades 3-8 and high school in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, announces the release of Memorandum #2015-1 Adding and Removing Related Services to an IEP.
Every year, school districts receive a report on the performances of their special education programs, now known as their Special Education Ratings. The department sent districts’ ratings on Aug. 31, 2015, with reports emailed to superintendents, special education contacts and community school sponsors.