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Special Education

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Special education is a broad term that describes the education of students who have intellectual, physical, behavioral, or emotional disabilities. Special education involves specially designed instruction tailored to the unique needs of each child and is provided at no cost to parents. The federal law Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures services to children with disabilities throughout the nation.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

Administrative Rules of Special Education

Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

Each and Every Child Newsletter

Assessment and Testing

Students with disabilities may be provided with accommodations that give them access to the general education curriculum and its assessments. Some students with disabilities participate in alternate forms of assessment in order to demonstrate learning.

Dispute Resolution

The IDEA of 2004 offers several avenues for parents, AEAs, and districts to resolve issues around special education.

Finance

Funding sources and requirements for special education.

Iowa's Guidance for Quality Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Provides information for Iowa’s special education practitioners to lead teams as they develop IEPs that will positively direct the education of all the students in Iowa with special education needs. Contents include both regulatory and best practice information about various topics surrounding the development of effective quality IEPs that are compliant with IDEA.

Parent Information

Links to information for families and parents about special education programs and services.

Programs and Services

Special education support for students with disabilities is provided through special education services and programs.

Public Reporting

The most recent applications, policies, and reports required by IDEA 2004.

State Guidance

Information regarding special education topics and issues.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 12, 2020 at 4:04am.