Published: March 18th, 2019

Phoenix Business Meet and Greet/Tour for People with Disabilities and Supports

This tour/meet and greet is a chance for job seekers to see Cintas positions in action, meet local management and ask questions.  Building this connection allows job seekers who feel there are good fits to apply afterward and be able to directly follow up with the HR Manager to secure interviews.  All that is required to attend is an RSVP with the name of job seeker and/or employment service professionals attending.  Please feel free to attend if you are a professional even if you don’t have job seekers who are presently a good fit.  Cintas is committed to recruiting people with disabilities indefinitely so we want to be able to connect and build relationships. Click on this invitation for more information.

Posted in Transition News, Updates |
Published: March 15th, 2019

AZ-TAS INFORMATION: Graduation AZ-TAS Document Being Revised

Hello Special Education Directors,

ADE is gratified by the overwhelming interest in the Arizona Technical Assistance System (AZ-TAS) document for graduation requirements. In the roughly three weeks since the guidance document was published on the ADE website, the Departmenthas heard from a wealth of stakeholders through a variety of channels. We have spoken personally with constituents with questions, helped them brainstorm solutions to tricky situations on school campuses, and presented to the Special Education Advisory Panel. Through these interactions, we have received valuable input that we will use to improve guidance provided in this document.

We understand that there is a need for clarification in specific areas within the document to ensure the guidance is useful, meaningful, and supports all students with disabilities in accordance with the requirements of the IDEA, state statute, and State Board Rule, while not imposing additional requirements but still allowing schools to implement their own best practices. ADE/ESS, in consultation with ADE/Dispute Resolution, ADE/Assessment, and the Arizona Attorney General’s office, is currently reviewing and considering all feedback provided in order to revise the Graduation AZ-TAS document. As a result, effective immediately, please view the version currently published on the website as a working document.

I would like to thank each individual or group that reached out to ADE to provide feedback or articulate concerns. Your voice will help us shape better guidance and keeps ADE in touch with realities in the field. If you have not yet provided feedback, feel free to contact [email protected], who is maintaining a repository of information to help inform the ongoing revision.

Link to the document: https://cms.azed.gov/home/GetDocumentFile?id=5c6c37de1dcb25058400e9f2

Link to all AZ-TAS documents: http://www.azed.gov/specialeducation/az-tas-documents/

Posted in Updates |
Published: February 28th, 2019

Notice Regarding Application for Federal Funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is applying for federal funding under IDEA 2004 for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The eligibility document serves as the basis for the operation and administration of activities to carry out the requirements of Part B of the IDEA. In accordance with 34 C.F.R. §§ 300.165 and 441 (b)(7), the federal regulations that implement the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) ((20 U.S.C. §1232d(b)(7)(B)), this application is posted for public participation and comment.

The Application document sets forth policies and procedures that Arizona will undertake:

  1. to ensure that all eligible children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that includes special education and related services to meet their unique needs;
  2. to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected;
  3. to assist public education agencies in providing for the education of all children with disabilities; and
  4. to assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate those children.

The IDEA Part B State Application and Interactive Spreadsheet are available to parents, educators, and members of the general public for review and comment starting March 1, 2019 through May 3, 2019 at the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services, 3300 N. Central Avenue, 24th floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85012, or on the ADE website at www.azed.gov/specialeducation.

Public comment for the 2019-2020 Proposed IDEA Part B State Application will be taken for 30 days starting March 1 through March 31, 2019. Comments may be submitted in writing to:

Alissa Trollinger
Deputy Associate Superintendent
Exceptional Student Services

Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin #24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Email: [email protected]


Posted in Updates |
Published: February 28th, 2019

Parent Involvement Survey – Strategies to Boost Parent Participation

Strategies to Boost Parent Participation

#1 Offer use of a school computer or tablet when families are on campus for parent/teacher conferences, IEP meetings, school events, pick-up and drop-off times, parent group meetings and when you make home visits. Have translators or support staff available to assist parents.

#2 Follow-up phone calls, emails, and personal interactions to confirm parents received a login code are effective. Mention that the survey will take only a few minutes to complete and that their input is valued.

#3 Use email, social media, and message apps to promote the survey and send periodic reminders.

For assistance contact: Becky Raabe, [email protected], or (928) 637-1871.

Parent survey information and family engagement resources are posted on the survey website, www.azed.gov/specialeducation/parent-involvement-survey-admin.


Posted in Parent Involvement Survey, Updates |
Published: February 25th, 2019

ESS PD INFO: Post School Outcomes (PSO) 2019 Webinars – Registration is now open

The ADE/ESS Secondary Transition Team wants to thank everyone who participated in the 2018 PSO Data collection process. Your contributions supported Arizona in exceeding the state goal, of reaching 80% or better, and ended the collection season with an 83.4% participation rate and an overall 75.3% student engagement rate!

As we approach the new collection season, the ADE/ESS invites you and your staff to attend two one-hour webinars. The webinar details are included on the attached flyers and are as follows:

1. 2018 PSO Survey – Statewide Results This one-hour webinar will offer a review of the results of Arizona’s most recent Post-School Outcomes (PSO) Survey. Participants in this webinar will understand what the state results indicate and how to use the PSO Survey results as part of an ongoing data-based, decision-making process. In addition, by attending this webinar, not only will you learn how to access your school’s PSO results report(s), but you will also learn the various categories that can be used to identify target groups in need of interventions for improved outcomes.

Please join us for this informative webinar that is guaranteed to show the fruit of your hard work during last summer’s PSO Survey data collection season.

Registration is easy. Webinar dates and registration links are found on the flyer. Simply click on the date corresponding to the webinar you would like to attend, which is hyperlinked to the registration page.

2. PSO Survey Essentials This one-hour webinar will offer the essentials of the Post-School Outcomes (PSO) Survey. An important aspect of this conversation will include the identification of the engagement categories. They will be listed and their federal definitions will be shared. Another important aspect of this webinar will include directions on how to access the PSO Survey application via ADE Connect. By participating with this webinar, you will increase your ability to maneuver throughout the application.

This webinar will also include a conversation regarding some PSO Survey updates. Per the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition’s (NTACT) Indicator 14 Data Collection Protocol: Revised, a few PSO questions have been added to this year’s Arizona PSO Survey. As a result, this webinar will review all the PSO Survey questions, with a special focus on the new questions and will outline the purpose of the changes, as well as the skip logic incorporated into the survey intended to save you time with both data collection and entry. Please join us for this informative webinar that is sure to prepare you for the upcoming PSO season.

Webinar dates and registration links are found on the flyer. Simply click on the date corresponding to the webinar you would like to attend, which is hyperlinked to the registration page.

Please feel free to view and distribute the attached flyers and to forward this email to staff that can benefit from the above-listed webinars. All are welcome to attend, and the ADE/ESS encourages all PEAs that will be participating in the 2019 PSO Survey to participate.

For questions, please email the PSO Inbox or call Kym Dillard, Program Project Specialist, at (602) 542-9412.

Posted in Updates |
Published: February 25th, 2019

AZ-TAS INFORMATION: Graduation AZ-TAS Document Now Available!

The ADE/ESS and ADE/Dispute Resolution are pleased to present the revised Arizona Technical Assistance System (AZ-TAS) document for graduation requirements in Arizona’s public schools. This resource is a best practices document and provides guidance on the implementation of the legal requirements for graduation. The document is written in Q & A format and answers many of the questions that ESS and Dispute Resolution have received from stakeholders.

ADE hopes that Directors and their staff find this document helpful as schools strive to provide the best possible services to the children we serve.

Please feel free to distribute to your staff. A copy is attached, and the document can be found at the following webpages on the ADE website:

Link to the document

Link to all AZ-TAS documents

For questions or comments regarding this document, please email Jason Baggs.

Posted in Updates |
Published: February 25th, 2019

PD INFO: Transition Conference & Directors’ Institute Calls for Papers and Cover Artwork Announcement

The ADE/ESS invites the submission of proposals for the Arizona Directors’ Institute and proposals and art submissions for Arizona’s Annual Transition Conference. This year’s themes build upon each other. The Arizona Directors’ Institute theme is Building Success: One Collaboration at a Time, while Arizona’s Annual Transition Conference theme is Building Success: One Transition at a Time.

Proposals should address the theme and be targeted to special education administrators, transition professionals, or youth with disabilities and their family members. The calls for papers are linked below, and proposals for both conferences are due by March 8, 2019. Art should resonate with the theme, and help add visual support to our message. Artwork is due April 1, 2019.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Please direct questions to [email protected].

Posted in Updates |
Published: February 14th, 2019

ESS DATA UPDATE: Special Education Teacher Attrition Rate Survey Opening on Monday, February 18, 2019

Special Education Directors,

The Exceptional Student Services (ESS) Professional Learning & Sustainability Unit recognizes the shortages in special education and related services personnel. ESS utilizes the Special Education Teacher Attrition Rate Survey to help identify critical elements relating to personnel shortages. After identifying critical areas of need, ESS will continue to allocate efforts and resources to address the high-need areas in personnel shortages.

All public education agencies (PEAs) need to be aware that this data collection has moved to a new application within ADEConnect called ESS Data Surveys. This data submission is required from all PEAs responsible for providing special education services in Arizona. Reference and FAQs will be uploaded into the application when the data collection opens.

Please click this link for more information, and you can email Aanya Rispoli for any initial questions.

Posted in Updates |
Published: January 30th, 2019

Arizona’s Annual Transition Conference Call for Papers/Call for Brochure Artwork Information

Secondary Transition Stakeholders, don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your hard work at Arizona’s Annual Transition Conference, Building Success: One Transition at a Time, being held August 19-21, 2019 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix. The Transition Planning Committee is looking for innovative programs, promising practices, inspiring collaborations, and motivational students or personnel to present at this year’s conference. The form is at this link. The deadline for proposals is March 1, 2019. Contact Jeannette Zemeida with questions.

The conference is also a wonderful opportunity to highlight creative and inspirational artwork created by students with disabilities. If your student’s artwork is selected for the cover of the conference brochure (and to be used as the THEME), the student and his or her family members are eligible for a scholarship that covers registration and lodging costs (outside of the general Maricopa County area). The deadline for cover artwork submissions is Monday, April 1, 2019. Contact Andi Asel with questions.

We hope to see YOUR work and the work of YOUR students at the conference!

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