Exceptional Student Services

Official ADE logoThe Exceptional Student Services (ESS) mission is to provide high quality service that builds capacity to improve outcomes for all students. The vision of ESS is that all students, including students with disabilities, are well prepared for the next step – college, technical/trade school, career, job, or other means of engagement. To achieve this vision, ESS is establishing a system of supports that wraps around educators to improve student outcomes—academically, behaviorally, and functionally.

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Public Notice

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is applying for federal funding under Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) 2004 for the Period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Program Areas

Operations – Funding Alerts; Grants Management; Federal Fiscal Monitoring; Data Management

Program Support and Monitoring – Results Driven Accountability (RDA); Examining Data to Improve Student Achievement (EDISA); Monitoring Alerts; Training Resources; Examining Practices: Keys to Successful Outcomes

Professional Learning and Sustainability – AZ Promising Practices; Recruitment, Retention & Professional Development; SELECT Courses; State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG); Employment Opportunities; Training Resources

Special Projects – Accessible Instructional Materials; Assistive Technology; Medicaid School-Based Claiming; Secondary Transition/Post School Outcomes (PSO); Secure Care; Traumatic Brain Injury

State Initiatives – AZ FIND (Child Find); Approved Private Day Schools; Ed-P Programs; Residential & Institutional Vouchers; Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS)

Federal Initiatives – State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP); State Performance Plan (SPP); Annual Performance Report (APR); PEA Determinations; Surrogate Parents; Public Reports; Significant Disproportionality; Parent Involvement Survey

ASPIRE – Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment (ASPIRE) is a US Department of Education grant to study youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

For a complete list of ESS program areas, use the ESS Site Index.

ESS Resources

2016 IDEA Capacity Building Grant Opportunities

Contact Us

Arizona Department of Education
 Exceptional Student Services
Physical Location: 3300 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Mailing Address: 1535 W. Jefferson St., Bin #24, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Tel: (602) 542-4013
TDD: (602) 542-1410
Fax: (602) 542-5404


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