Archive — Month: February 2020

Published: February 27th, 2020


Special Education Directors, The ADE/ESS Professional Learning and Sustainability unit is pleased to announce two “grow your own” opportunities for educators in Arizona public schools. The General Education Teacher to Special Education Teacher (GETSET) program provides funding to certified general education teachers who want to pursue a career change to become certified in an area [Read more…]

Published: February 21st, 2020

DATA UPDATE: Student Reporting for Students on an Institutional Voucher with ASDB

Special Education Directors, Beginning in the fiscal year 2021, the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) will no longer be reporting student-level data through Arizona Education Data Standards (AzEDS)  and a variety of other applications. The reporting responsibility for the students on an institutional voucher will fall back on the originating district [Read more…]

Published: February 20th, 2020

FUNDING UPDATE: Proportionate Share Obligations and Flexibilities Guidance

School District Special Education Directors, Many questions have been received by Exceptional Student Services (ESS) regarding whether unused proportionate share funds can be reverted to other activities under the IDEA entitlement grant after a period of time. ESS has finally received feedback regarding how these funds can be flexible considering time frame and specific criteria. [Read more…]

Published: February 20th, 2020

DATA UPDATE: Exceptional Student Services Discipline Data Collection Bulk Upload

Special Education Directors, Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), each state is required to collect the number of removals for students on an individualized education program (IEP). This information is required to submit to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is also used in significant disproportionality testing. Exceptional Student Services (ESS) [Read more…]

Published: February 20th, 2020

DATA UPDATE: Teacher Attrition Survey is Now Open

Special Education Directors, ESS collects data each year through the Teacher Attrition Survey to make informed decisions about recruitment and retention efforts in Arizona. Participation in the survey is mandatory for all district and charter schools in Arizona. The survey is now open and will close on May 8, 2020. Please see this letter for [Read more…]

Published: February 10th, 2020

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) Training for Administrators

Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) Training for Administrators  A new Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) training is being offered for elementary school and district administrators (special education directors, principals, assistant principals, and superintendents). Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) guides participants through current reading research and evidence-based practices that are necessary to develop a student’s early literacy skills and [Read more…]

Published: February 7th, 2020

EXTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: AZ CASE Winter Hybrid Conference, February 26-27, 2020 – Register Now!

Special Education Directors, Arizona has a unique opportunity to host a national hybrid conference: the Winter Hybrid Conference hosted by AZ CASE. The conference is coming up at the end of this month, February 26-27, 2020 at Black Canyon Conference Center. Participants can attend on-site or virtually, and registration is still open. Don’t miss this [Read more…]

Published: February 7th, 2020

ASSESSMENT INFO: EL and SPED Resources and Parent Consent for ACT Update

Special Education Directors, Please see below for important information from ADE/Assessment that was also presented at the Talk with ADE last week: EL and Special Education The following resources were developed as a result of changes made at the state level regarding the removal of the “Sped Withdrawal” option. The PowerPoint provides information relating to [Read more…]