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Published: August 13th, 2019

PSM UPDATE: 2019-2020 ESS Monitoring Manual Now Available Online

The monitoring manual that will be used by the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), throughout school year 2019-2020 is available on the Program Support and Monitoring web page. The monitoring system is designed to ensure public education agencies’ (PEA) compliance with State and Federal requirements for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [Read more…]

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Published: August 13th, 2019

DATA AND ECE UPDATE: ADE Early Childhood Survey Requirement

ADE/Exceptional Student Services (ESS) and ADE/Early Childhood Education (ECE) sections request that all public education agencies (PEAs) entitled to IDEA Consolidated preschool funds complete a survey that opened on June 17, 2019. The Early Childhood Survey will assist the agency in providing timely technical assistance regarding the operations of early childhood special education programs by [Read more…]

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Published: August 2nd, 2019

DATA UPDATE: New Infographic to Assist in LRE Reporting for Student Data Submissions

ADE/Exceptional Student Services (ESS) has fielded questions throughout the past year relating to students receiving special education (SPED) services and least restrictive environment (LRE) reporting. As a result, ESS has developed an infographic that helps delineate time spent inside the regular classroom against time spent outside the regular classroom. It can also be applied to [Read more…]

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Published: July 25th, 2019

VOUCHER INFO: Changes to Home School District Effective August 1, 2019

Special Education Directors, Following the passage of Senate Bill 1177 during the last legislative session, the definition of home school district (HSD) has changed. The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) has reviewed this statutory change and the attached guidance is being provided to clarify which PEA is a child’s home school district for [Read more…]

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Published: July 12th, 2019

PROGRAM SUPPORT & MONITORING UPDATE: Hot Topic – ELs and Students with Disabilities

Given recent findings and questions from the field, the ESS/Program Support & Monitoring Hot Topic reviews the requirements for English Learners (ELs) under the IDEA. Specifically, July’s Hot Topic addresses the requirements for consideration of EL with regard to eligibility determination and IEP development. Additionally, there have been some changes regarding EL testing requirements provided [Read more…]

Posted in Program Support and Monitoring, Updates |
Published: July 3rd, 2019

RELATED SERVICES INFO: Credentialing Requirements for Speech Personnel Working in Public Schools

Dear Special Education Administrators, It has recently come to ADE’s attention that there is some confusion about the credentialing requirements for speech personnel working in the public schools. Speech-Language Technicians (SLTs) and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) must hold both a current license from the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) and a current professional non-teaching certificate [Read more…]

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Published: June 24th, 2019

DATA/OPERATIONS UPDATE: Exceptional Student Services (ESS) Portal is Now Open on ADEConnect

Exceptional Student Services (ESS) has launched the ESS Portal, which will give users a single platform for all Special Education applications in one place! Over the next year, ESS will work on providing an easier and cleaner application interface to all public education agencies (PEAs) required to use Special Education applications. Users who have permission [Read more…]

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Published: June 19th, 2019

FISCAL INFO: MOE Eligibility and FY2020 IDEA Grants

Please see the updates from the ESS Program Management Team and share with your Business Manager. MOE Eligibility Please see the linked PowerPoint to learn more about the MOE Eligibility Testing requirements that will go into effect this July. The FY 2020 Budget that will be submitted to School Finance by July 15, 2019, will [Read more…]

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Published: June 6th, 2019

2019 PSO Data Collection Season Has Started!

The PSO application in ADE Connect will be open starting 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, and will promptly close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2019. Please plan accordingly to ensure that you can collect and enter all surveys into the online platform prior to the closure of the data collection season. As [Read more…]

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