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Published: October 11th, 2018

Back to School Resources from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

Many students, teachers, families, and service providers are back to school and gearing up for a successful new year! Here are few resources to remember are available at NTACT’s website: NTACT’s Lesson Plans at Teachers Pay Teachers NTACT on Pinterest Guide to School Community Business Partnerships Effective Practices to Teach Academic, Employment, and Life Skills [Read more…]

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Published: October 11th, 2018

Secondary Transition 101: What You Need to Know if You Are a First Year Secondary Teacher, VR Counselor, or Want to Assess Your Transition Practices

This back-to-school webinar provided by NTACT  focuses on what secondary transition teachers and VR counselors need to know in order to serve youth with disabilities in schools under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Basic information about IDEA, ADA, and how WIOA applies to providing transition services to youth with disabilities in high school. Session Outcomes: [Read more…]

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Published: October 10th, 2018

Public Notice for Public Comment Sought on Alternate Assessment 1% Cap Waiver – October 10 through October 25, 2018

The Arizona Department of Education is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver on the number of students who can be tested using an alternate assessment for statewide testing. The limit set by federal regulation states there shall be no more than 1 percent of the total number of students who are taking [Read more…]

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Published: October 5th, 2018


Special Education Directors, The Leaders in Exceptional-education Addressing Diversity, Research and Service (LEADERS) grant at NAU will offer financial support to a limited number of scholars who pursue a Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) PhD program with a focus in culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional (CLDE) education. LEADERS Cohort begins in January 2019 and [Read more…]

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Published: October 4th, 2018

PROGRAM SUPPORT & MONITORING INFO: Special Education Policies and Procedures Deadline Updated

Special Education Directors, ADE/ESS has recently become aware that guidance for the revised special education rules package from public school governing board advisor groups was significantly delayed. Understanding that this is what many public schools use to update their policy and procedures, ADE/ESS is extending the November 1, 2018 deadline for submitting special education policy [Read more…]

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Published: October 2nd, 2018

FISCAL INFO: Final IDEA Allocations are Loaded into Grants Management

Special Education Directors, The final IDEA allocations have now been pushed into Grants Management within ADEConnect. The amounts were published on September 18, 2018 and PEAs can now access their funding applications to take advantage of their fully entitled allocations. If your entity already had an application that was SEA (State Education Agency) Director approved, [Read more…]

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Published: September 24th, 2018

OPERATIONS INFO: FFY 2016 PEA Determinations Are Finalized and Published

Special Education Administrators, Under Section 616 of The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA 2004), States are required to make a determination for all public education agencies (PEAs) of their performance on identified special education criteria. The FFY 2016 determinations has been posted to the PEA Determinations section of the ESS website ( Additionally, [Read more…]

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Published: September 18th, 2018

FISCAL INFO: FY 2019 IDEA Allocations Published

Special Education Directors, Exceptional Student Services (ESS) has finished calculation of the IDEA Entitlement allocations. The funding application is now consolidated for supplemental activities for students with disabilities. To accompany the consolidated funding application, ESS has also published the allocations for both parts of the grant under one worksheet, which can be found under the [Read more…]

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