Operating Standards and Guidance

Operating Standards and Guidance

Procedures and Guidance are being updated and will be posted to the website as they become available. In the meantime, refer to both the Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities and existing guidance documents and memorandums. In the interim, Whose IDEA is This? (April 2, 2012), with the required Addendum (January 21, 2014), serves as required parent notice of procedural safeguards. Revised special education forms will be in effect for the 2015-16 school year. Additional updates will be posted to this webpage as they become available.

The revised Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities which are Ohio Administrative Code Rules 3301-51-01 to 09, 11 and 21, became effective on July 1, 2014. A broad overview of changes to the rules is provided in the Summary of Changes to the Operating Standards.

The Ohio Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies Serving Children with Disabilities identify the state requirements and federal Part B Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requirements that apply to the implementation of special education and related services to students with disabilities by school districts, county boards of developmental disabilities and other educational agencies.

Office for Exceptional Children Law and Policy Memorandums

Below are communications distributed to Ohio educational agencies serving children with disabilities notifying them of important changes or clarifications to special education requirements.

Memorandum   Subject Date Issued
2016-2 Service Provider Ratio and Workload Clarification February 3, 2016
2016-1 Serving Students with Disabilities in Community Corrections Facilities and Juvenile Detention Centers February 3, 2016
2015-1 Adding and Removing a Related Service to an IEP September 10, 2015


Prior Written Notice

December 20, 2013
2012-2 Parent Notification of Scholarship Programs  September 24, 2012
2012-1 Secondary Transition   September 6, 2012


Guidance and Resources

The Guidance Document
The Guidance Document is an online resource developed by the Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) to provide Ohio educational agencies serving children with disabilities and other stakeholders throughout Ohio with procedures and guidance to assist with implementation of the operating standards or “rules”.

Additional Resources On Our Website

Resource Date Issued
Special Education Model Policies and Procedures Coming soon
Model Policy Adoption Form Coming soon
Whose IDEA Is This? April 2, 2012
Memorandum to Amend Whose IDEA is This? January 21, 2014
Required and optional forms N/A


Comprehensive Eye Exam State Requirement

Senate Bill (S.B.) 316 continues the requirement for students with disabilities to undergo a comprehensive eye examination within three months of receiving special education services for the first time. A new reporting requirement in S.B. 316 requires ODE to collect and report data about the implementation of this law.

Last Modified: 2/3/2016 3:59:25 PM