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OSEP letter to anonymous regarding Independent Educational Evaluations. August 23, 2018. (PDF) (Aug 23, 2018)
OSEP letter to anonymous regarding Independent Educational Evaluations and whether a public agency may limit the amount of time an independent evaluator is allotted to observe the child in the child?s educational setting when the evaluator is paid by the parent and not by the public agency. August 23, 2018. (PDF
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OSEP letter to Linda McDowell to provide clarification that individualized education program (IEP) teams ?may consider interveners as an appropriate related service for children who are deaf-blind. August 2, 2018. (PDF (Aug 02, 2018)
OSEP letter to Linda McDowell to provide clarification that individualized education program (IEP) teams ?may consider interveners as an appropriate related service for children who are deaf-blind, even though interveners are not specifically identified in the list of examples of related services in the [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act] IDEA.?. August 2, 2018. (PD
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OSEP letter to Lawrence Siegel regarding clarification as to whether there is a general notification requirement to all parents regarding special education laws and processes. August 2, 2018. (PDF) (Aug 02, 2018)
OSEP letter to Lawrence Siegel regarding clarification as to whether there is a general notification requirement to all parents regarding special education laws and processes, specifically if a local educational agency (LEA) has a duty to notify parents of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) prior to their child being referred for an evaluation and identified as a child with a disability. August 2, 2018. (PDF)
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OSEP letter to anonymous regarding the provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) addressing children with disabilities who transfer to a new state within the same school year. August 2, 2018. (PDF) (Aug 02, 2018)
OSEP letter to anonymous regarding the provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) addressing children with disabilities who transfer to a new state within the same school year. August 2, 2018. (PDF)
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OSEP letter to anonymous regarding the placement status of a child with a disability if the child?s individualized education program (IEP) Team finds the child is no longer eligible for special education and related services. June 28, 2018. (PDF (Jun 28, 2018)
OSEP letter to anonymous regarding the placement status of a child with a disability if the child?s individualized education program (IEP) Team finds the child is no longer eligible for special education and related services. June 28, 2018. (PDF
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OSEP letter to Brian Carroll addressing questions regarding individualized education programs (IEP) and preschool services. April 19, 2018. (PDF) (Apr 19, 2018)
OSEP letter to Brian Carroll addressing questions regarding individualized education programs (IEP) and preschool services. April 19, 2018. (PDF)
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Office of Special Education Programs Policy Letters Regarding Accountability (Mar 23, 2018)
Policy guidance letters from the Office of Special Education Programs issued on the topic of accountability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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Office of Special Education Programs Policy Letters Regarding Accountability for Results (Mar 23, 2018)
Policy guidance letters from the Office of Special Education Programs issued on the topic of accountability for results under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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NCLB Policy Letters to States (Dec 12, 2017)
Policy letters on a variety of topics of interest to State Educational Agencies in implementing provisions of No Child Left Behind.
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Early Learning: Inclusion (Aug 08, 2017)
Early Learning: Inclusion
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Legislation, Regulations and Guidance -- Small, Rural School Achievement Program (Feb 09, 2017)
This page lists statutes, regulations, legislation, and flexibility provisions for the Small, Rural School Grant Program
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ED/HHS Joint Policy Statement: Collaboration and Coordination of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C Programs (PDF) (Jan 19, 2017)
ED/HHS Joint Policy Statement: Collaboration and Coordination of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C Programs (PDF)
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Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) related to Preschool Least Restrictive Environments (LRE) (PDF) (Jan 09, 2017)
The guidance provided in the DCL covers: Key Statutory and Regulatory Requirements, Preschool Placement Options, Reporting Educational Environments Data for Preschool Children with Disabilities, and Use of IDEA Part B Funds for Preschool Children with Disabilities.
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Understanding the Confidentiality Requirements Applicable to IDEA Early Childhood Programs - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (MS Word) (Oct 20, 2016)
The purpose of this document is to assist early childhood programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with addressing privacy and confidentiality questions. This document is intended to provide responses to frequently asked questions to facilitate and enhance States? implementation of IDEA privacy and confidentiality provisions and can be used in conjunction with the 2014 side-by-side guide of the IDEA and FERPA Confidentiality Provisions
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ED & HHS Release Joint Policy Statement on State Advisory Councils on Early Childhood Education and Care(PDF) (Sep 21, 2016)
The Departments of Education and of Health and Human Services have jointly released a policy statement providing guidance on how to sustain the critical work of the State Advisory Councils on Early Childhood Education and Care (SACs). The (SACs) have been a major focus of President Obama's early learning agenda. (PDF)
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ED/HHS Policy Statement on Supporting the Development of Children Who Are Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs (PDF) (Sep 21, 2016)
The Departments of Education and of Health and Human Services have jointly released a policy statement to support early childhood programs and States by providing recommendations that promote the development and learning of young children, birth to age five, who are dual language learners (DLLs). (PDF)
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Joint Dear Colleague Policy Statement on Family Engagement Policy (PDF) (Aug 01, 2016)
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) policy statement policy statement to support and encourage states, LEAs, schools, and public and private child care and Head Start early childhood programs to take action to develop and implement effective family engagement policies and practices. (PDF)
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Policy Statement on Family Engagement: From The Early Years to The Early Grades (PDF) (Jun 01, 2016)
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) policy statement policy statement on the implementation of effective family engagement practices from the early years to the early grades. (PDF)
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Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance - Race to the Top Fund (May 17, 2016)
This page lists statutes, regulations, legislation, policy guidance, and flexibility provisions for the Race to the Top Fund program.
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Executive Summary for the Policy Statement on Family Engagement: From The Early Years to The Early Grades (PDF) (May 04, 2016)
The Executive Summary for the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) policy statement policy statement on the implementation of effective family engagement practices from the early years to the early grades. (PDF)
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Legislation, Regulations and Guidance -- Improving Teacher Quality State Grants (Nov 05, 2015)
This page lists statutes, regulations, legislation, policy guidance and flexibility provisions for the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants program.
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Legislation, Regulations and Guidance -- Title I, Part A Program (Nov 03, 2015)
This page lists statutes, regulations, legislation, and flexibility provisions for the Title I, Part A program.
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Letter by Secretaries Duncan and Matthews regarding September 14, 2015 policy statement on inclusion in early learning programs. (PDF) (Sep 18, 2015)
Letter by Secretaries Duncan and Matthews regarding September 14, 2015 policy statement on inclusion in early learning programs. (PDF)
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Ed/HHS policy statement on including young children with disabilities in high-quality early learning programs. (Sep 14, 2015)
Executive summary of U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services? policy statement on including young children with disabilities in high-quality early learning programs
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Ed/HHS policy statement on including young children with disabilities in high-quality early learning programs. (Sep 14, 2015)
Full text of U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services? policy statement on including young children with disabilities in high-quality early learning programs
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