Good News and Bad News on The Condition of Education 2014

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released a new document that summarizes developments and discusses trends in education using the latest available data. The Condition of Education 2014 presents a 42-indicator progress report on education in America. It includes the demographics of schools, resources for schooling, and outcomes of education. Good news such as having almost two-thirds of three- to five-year olds in preschool is contrasted with the knowledge that one in five school-aged children lives in poverty, which is an increase from one in seven in 2000. To view the document, go to

Redesigning the Parent Survey

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services seeks your input on our redesign of the Parent Involvement Survey.

IDEA requires states to measure and report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. With the new cycle of the State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report, Arizona is taking advantage of the opportunity to improve the quality and relevance of our Parent Survey.

Please use the link below to prioritize the 11 questions in order of importance when considering the facilitation of parent involvement. Questions ranked with the most priority will be included in the new survey.

Thank you for your assistance.

Special Education Rule Committee 5/12/14 Communique

The Special Education Rule Committee’s purpose is to examine Arizona Special Education State Board 401 rules, to propose rules that are clear, instructive, and aligned to the IDEA, and to provide guidance for implementation. Please read the May 12, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the May 12 meeting.

Guide for Developing Coordinated Early Support Systems Focuses on Four Areas

What does it take to give children the best start in life? We all know that the first years of a child’s life are the most formative and that learning and achievement gaps start long before kindergarten, but what can we do to enhance those precious few years? A new guide for state policy is a blueprint for developing early support systems that are better coordinated. It includes information on pre- and post-natal support, child care, early educational systems, and cohesive early support systems. Click here to download this new policy guide!

The Use of Seclusion and Restraint: A Guidance Document on Best Practices

This guidance document categorizes and compares current best practices in the use of seclusion and restraint from the United States Department of Education, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Arizona Task Force on Best Practices in Special Education and Behavior Management. A list of references is provided at the end of the document.

Seclusion and Restraint

Keep Kids Reading All Summer: Digital Library Available to All Children in Arizona

A new option for summer reading began this April, and Arizona children as young as three will be able to access this free digital library through September 30, 2014. Thousands of books are available through the Internet, and there is even a free downloadable app available that will allow a reader to access as many as 20 books to read offline anytime. For the hesitant reader, there is the option for audio support with text highlighting and an embedded dictionary that gives help with pronunciation and definitions. The summer reading program is a project of Read On Arizona. To send your students home this summer ready to read, send home the instructions for accessing this service. Read on Arizona!

Click on the images below to download the flyers.

Student Flyer

My on Student

Instructions to create an account
My On Site

National Institute of Justice to Fund Research on Increasing School Safety

If your school has an interest in juvenile justice and school safety, you might be interested in applying for the 2014 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant entitled Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe. The funding is for schools to learn more about how personnel programs and activities contribute to their school safety. An example is hiring resource officers and mental health service providers to increase school safety. Applications are due on July 10, 2014. See the link above for more information.

Essentials for Participation in the 2014 Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey

If you wish to attend a PSO webinar training, registration is required!
To register, please click on the desired date you wish to attend and follow the GoTo Training instructions to register.
Registration questions? Please contact Sophia Estrella at 602-542-9412 or

2014 Webinar

Essentials for Participation in the 2014 Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey

Everything you need to know to complete this year’s PSO Survey (accessed via the ADE common logon) will be revealed in this 90-minute webinar, including:

  • how to navigate the PSO Survey online application, complete with screen shots;
  • where to track your response rate in real time;
  • the ins and outs of entering responses to survey questions;
  • tips for reaching hard to find youth, and;
  • where to ask questions or seek technical assistance during the data collection period.

Please visit the PSO Survey page.

Special Education Rule Committee 5/1/14 Communique

The Special Education Rule Committee’s purpose is to examine Arizona Special Education State Board 401 rules, to propose rules that are clear, instructive, and aligned to the IDEA, and to provide guidance for implementation.  Please read the draft of the Child Find section generated at the meeting.  Please read the May 1, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the May 1 meeting.

SOS for Annual Special Education Data Collection – Workshops and Webinars

All public education agencies (PEAs) that have served special education students during the 2013-14 school year are required to submit Annual Special Education (SPED) Data information to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

If your PEA has NO student data that qualifies for inclusion in the Annual SPED Data Collection online application, please alert ADE/Exceptional Student Services (ESS) Data Management in writing.

The Annual SPED Data Collection consists of the following sections: Exit, Discipline, Personnel, Teacher Attrition Rate Survey, Preschool Transition, and Parentally Placed Private School Students.

Training for this mandatory data collection will be offered via webinars and regional workshops

Click on the image below to download the flyer.



To register for webinars, open the flyer and click on the date you wish to attend.

Novice Users

The novice session will be of greatest benefit to PEA personnel who are new to submitting Annual SPED Data Collection information. This webinar will be divided in two parts; you will need to register for each webinar separately.

Advanced Users

The Advanced session will detail specific changes from the previous year’s data collection for those already familiar with this data collection process.

Preschool Transition

This webinar is for PEAs that serve preschool age children and that are required to complete the Preschool Transition Report within the Annual SPED Data Collection online application.

Secure Care

This webinar is reserved for personnel from secure care schools, i.e., the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Arizona
Department of Juvenile Corrections, county juvenile detention centers, county jail facilities, or county accommodation districts that serve detained / incarcerated youth with disabilities.

Approved Private Schools

This webinar is for reserved for personnel from approved private schools who are required to complete the Personnel Report within the Annual SPED Data Collection online application.

Regional Workshops

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The target audience for the regional workshops is the novice user. However, these workshops are also open to advanced users who wish to receive a “refresher” on this data collection. All data requirements will be covered.

  • Friday, 5/9/2014 at Flowing Wells Unified District, Iola Frans Admin. Center
    1556 W. Prince Road, Tucson
  • Friday, 5/30/2014 at the Arizona Department of Education – Central Office
    3300 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 16th Floor, Rooms 100/101
  • Friday, 6/6/2014 at the Arizona Department of Education – Flagstaff Office
    3100 N. West Street, Flagstaff

To register for a regional workshop, click here.