Next Meeting of Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

Next Meeting of Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

The purpose of SEAP is to provide policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in Arizona. The next meeting is September 16, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm, at the Arizona Department of Education/Central Office, 3300 North Central Avenue, 16th Floor, Room 104, Phoenix, AZ. If you plan to attend, contact the Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services for more information at 602-542-4013.

INFORMATION: ADE/ESS Offers New RDA Grant and Other Supports

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) is excited to offer two new supports to the field for the 2014-2015 school year:

1)      To implement OSEP’s Results Driven Accountability (RDA) vision, ESS will offer a criteria-based RDA Implementation Grant to assist districts and charters in creating professional development plans that lead to increased academic achievement for students with disabilities. This grant will provide funds to implement items needed to sustain changes in teacher practices and student gains, including team time, materials, presenters, evaluation tools, and monitoring resources. Capacity coaches will be provided to all awardees to assist the district teams in the grant implementation.

2)      In collaboration with ADE’s K-12 Standards, ESS created a request for proposal (RFP) to identify qualified educational service providers that offer research-proven services to assist districts and charters in implementing effective professional development and measuring progress toward achievable, sustained outcomes. Note that this is not an all-inclusive list; it includes only those educational service providers who chose to submit materials for review upon invitation. Arizona is a local control state that allows all charters and districts the freedom to choose their own professional development providers, including those not awarded through this RFP process.

For more information on both of these new supports, please join Exceptional Student Services for a webinar on Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm MST at

Special Education Rule Committee 8/18/14 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 August 18, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the August 18 meeting.

2015 IDEA Basic Entitlement Allocations for Arizona Public Schools – NEW POSTING

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services Funding and Finance Unit have re-posted the 2015 IDEA Basic Entitlement allocations for Arizona public schools. The new posting is due to new calculations for district-sponsored charter schools. All other allocations remain the same. The allocation list can be accessed at

The 2015 IDEA application is currently being developed in the ADEConnect grants management system (GME). The ESS Funding and Finance Unit will notify grantees, via the ESS listserv and Director’s Corner, when the grant application is available. The grants management system will have information on the status of the application posted on the GME homepage as well.

Arizona Department of Education
Exceptional Student Services
Funding and Finance Unit

President Signs New Autism CARES Act into Law

President Barack Obama signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act (or the Autism CARES Act) on August 8, 2014. This Act reauthorizes the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2006. It is tailored to help expand research, awareness, surveillance, interdisciplinary training, and support and involves efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To read a summary of this new law, go to

IDEA Completion Reports

Completion reports are now available for the grants listed below:
IDEA Basic
IDEA – Charter School Expansion Act
IDEA – Emergency
IDEA – High Cost Child

You can access the completion reports through ADEConnect from the ADE Homepage.

Important points to remember before starting completion reports:

  • Completion Report(s) must be completed in the new Grants Management System.
  • Completion Report(s) initiated in the old system may require re-entry or revision.
  • All reimbursement requests must be in paid status.
    • If you have a reimbursement request that is still waiting for ADE approval or to be paid, contact Grants Management for review of any issues that might be present.
  • All revisions must be completed as you will not be able to revise the project once the status has been changed to completion report draft started.
  • Click on CR Draft Started to begin the completion report process.
  • Complete all sections, paying close attention to Warning Messages.

Questions can be e-mailed to or call 602-542-3851.

Tour UDL Resources with the National Center on Universal Design for Learning

If you’d like to learn more about universal design for learning, a good place to start is with Take a tour of UDL Resources. This link will lead you to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning’s added pages about universal design to build your own background knowledge and skill and those of your teachers. UDL is based on a variety of fields—education, psychology, and neuroscience—and is organized around three learning networks of the brain. After exploring all these resources, you’ll be more informed and up to date in this field.

<hr /

Early Childhood Grant Competition Available for Low to Moderate Income Communities

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell have announced that applications are now available for the $250 million Preschool Development Grants competition. It’s for states that want to develop or expand high-quality preschool programs. To read the announcement from both departments, see A flyer is available at this link:

Document Clarifies Medicaid Coverage for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Center for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recently published a five-page informational bulletin, “Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism,” which is found at: The document discusses preventative and diagnostic services, as well as therapy services. It’s technical, but it includes a way to ask questions about these services:

Alternate Assessment Newsletter for Special Educators Includes Accountability Tips

To keep special educators (and directors) up on alternate assessment news, our monthly newsletter, Tidbits, addresses topics of interest and important dates for pilot testing and assessments. This month’s newsletter focuses on increasing performance expectations and Results Driven Accountability. To access the newsletter, go to and click on Newsletters.