Published: October 21st, 2019

CERTIFICATION INFO: Survey on Proposed Special Education Endorsement

Special Education Administrators,

To address the shortage of qualified special education teachers and better serve Arizona’s special needs students, the Department has drafted a proposal which would provide for a Mild/Moderate and a Moderate/Severe Disabilities endorsement.  If approved by the Board, the proposed endorsements would provide for an additional option for certified and experienced general education teachers to complete targeted training leading to a qualification to teach special education.

The Department is proposing that the Mild/Moderate Disabilities endorsement require the following:

  • A valid Standard Professional Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, or Moderate/Severe teaching certificate.
  • Verification of three years of full-time teaching in PreK-Grade 12.
  • Eighteen semester hours of special education courses to include: methods for teaching reading and mathematics to students with disabilities, behavior management for students with disabilities, special education law, special education assessment and individualized education program planning, and language development and disorders.
  • A passing score on the National Evaluation Series (NES) Special Education exam.

The Department is proposing that the Moderate/Severe Disabilities endorsement require the following:

  • A valid Standard Professional Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, or Secondary teaching certificate.
  • Verification of three years of full-time teaching in PreK-Grade 12.
  • Twenty-one semester hours of special education courses which include the same courses required for the Mild/Moderate Disabilities Endorsement and the following: methods for teaching students with severe disabilities and adaptive communication including language development and disorders.
  • A passing score on the AEPA Special Education: Severely and Profoundly Disabled exam.

We are requesting your feedback on the special education endorsement proposal by completing a brief survey.

The link to the brief survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V8X85N7

Please review and provide feedback by the end of the day on October 25, 2019.

Contact the Certification office at (602) 542-4367 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Posted in Updates |
Published: October 21st, 2019

PD INFO: Talks w/ADE for SY 2019-2020

Special Education Directors,

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce the SY 2019—2020 dates for Talk with ADE, which serve as an opportunity for administrators across the state to receive a high level overview of current topics/trends in special education and to engage in meaningful dialogue with ADE staff.

Talk with ADE SY 2019—2020 Schedule

• Friday, November 8, 2019 (directly following the SEAA Meeting, 9:30—11:00 a.m.) • Friday, January 31, 2020 (directly following the SEAA Meeting, 9:30—11:00 a.m.) • Thursday, March 19, 2020 (AM, time TBD) • Friday, June 12, 2020 (AM, time TBD)

Talks with ADE are held in person at ADE and via WebEx broadcast for those who wish to participate remotely. Space is limited in person, so nearer the actual dates, ADE will send out the call for reservations in the room and provide the broadcast link.

Agendas will be sent the week of the Talks and are based on current issues such as data collection timelines, policy updates, PEA requirements, national hot topics, etc. that are generated based on input from the field, data received/observed by ADE, or via discussion in other forums. If you have a suggestion for a topic that is relevant statewide, feel free to send it to [email protected].

Thank you!

Posted in Updates |
Published: October 1st, 2019

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION INFORMATION: Education Career Fairs Calendar 2019-2020

Special Education Administrators,

As part of our ongoing recruitment efforts on behalf of Arizona’s public schools, ADE/ESS compiles and updates annually a list of education career fairs happening at teacher preparation programs across the country.

For your convenience, we have updated this year’s list.  If your school is planning to recruit for special education teachers out of state, whether in person or by sending flyers or job postings to particular universities, we hope this list will make that task a bit easier for you. This list is also be available on the AEEB job board site under the “Find a University Job Fair” icon. https://www.arizonaeducationjobs.com/guest/post.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: October 1st, 2019

DATA MANAGEMENT ALERT: FY 2020 October 1 Data Collection

FY 2020 October 1 Data Collection

Public education agencies (PEAs) are required to verify the count of students participating in special education (SPED) on October 1, 2019. Verification will be completed via the web-based ESS October 1 Data Collection application, available through the ESS Portal via ADEConnect.

NEW this year is the addition of the Personnel data to the October 1 Data Collection application. The specific data collection requirements for the Personnel Report has not changed, only the location (previously collected through the ESS Annual Data application).

The October 1 Data Collection consists of three phases:

Phase I: Verification and Personnel (Training Registration Open)
Phase II: Reconciliation
Phase III: Non-Reconciliation (if applicable)

To review the complete October 1 Data Collection, please see the ESS Data Management FY 2020 Important Dates timeline.

Phase I: Verification

The ESS Census online application will open on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. PEAs must log in to the application to submit the October 1 census verification counts and personnel data. All technical assistance documents and FAQs will be available by accessing the “Help tab” on the home page of the ESS October 1 Data Collection application. Some of these documents will also be available on the ESS Data Management website in the October 1 Data Collection page.

Please note that October 1 is the count date, not a due date or deadline.

October 1 falls on a Tuesday this year. If October 1 is a non-session day for your PEA (i.e., fall break), be mindful of the following information. To ensure an accurate count, include students who were enrolled on the last day school was in session before October 1 as long as they are known to have continued in special education on the first day school was in session following October 1 (whether it be in your school in your PEA or another PEA). The PEA that should count the student is the PEA the student was enrolled in prior to October 1. For more information, please attend one of our trainings below.

 Training Opportunities

ESS Data Management will offer webinars and workshops throughout the October 1 Data Collection timeline, beginning with the Phase I. Please see the training flyer to begin registering via EMS today. In the winter and spring, we will follow up with training relevant to the reconciliation and non-reconciliation phases.

If you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected].

Posted in Data Management, Updates |
Published: September 18th, 2019

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Participation in the Arizona Statewide Autism Project (AzSAP)

Special Education Administrators, please see this second opportunity to participation in an AzSAP Project Activity:

Opportunity for Participation in the Arizona Statewide Autism Project (AzSAP)

An Innovative Project in Cooperation with Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services, Early Childhood Education, & STAR® Autism Support

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services and Early Childhood Education Sections are pleased to announce a training opportunity designed to increase pre-K/elementary or secondary school teams’ capacity to work effectively with children with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Each of the two-day trainings provides a background and a strong emphasis on evidence-based teaching strategies and practices for children with developmental disabilities, including ASD. Team members attending the training include special education teachers, general education teachers, related services providers, and paraprofessionals. An administrator is a required member/leader of the team but will attend a two-hour workshop/webinar instead of the two-day workshop.

Each of the trainings is supported by scheduled on-site coaching visits during the remainder of the school year to support implementation.

Training dates for STAR® Pre-K-Elementary: November 6-7, 2019

Training dates for Links® Secondary: October 21-22, 2019

Application/request for participation deadline: September 24, 2019

*Please note that submitting an application/request for participation does not guarantee acceptance.

Please contact Bekah Anderson if you have any questions or you may submit the application/request for participation directly to [email protected].

Posted in Updates |
Published: September 16th, 2019

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Program Support & Monitoring Regional File Review Training Registration Open

Special Education Administrators,

Registration is now open for Program Support & Monitoring File Review training. Come and take advantage of this free half-day training! Join ADE/ESS in reviewing a mock file. You will learn how to use the FY 2019-2020 ESS Monitoring Guide Steps and the student file form as well as gain understanding about compliance versus best practice.

Register now through the EMS registration system.

  • Tucson- December 10, 2019
  • Phoenix- October 22, 2019
  • Flagstaff- April 20, 2020

Please contact your program specialist with questions.

Posted in Program Support and Monitoring, Updates |
Published: September 11th, 2019

RECRUITMENT INFO: SAVE the DATE! 2020 ADE/ESS Education Job Fairs

As the new school year gets underway, ADE/ESS hopes you will add two very important dates to your calendars. Registration for our two job fairs will not open for some time, but for your convenience, we wanted to give you the dates and locations as soon as possible. Last year, over 600 candidates attended the statewide job fair, and almost 200 candidates attended the southern Arizona job fair.

Click here to see the flyer.

Posted in Updates |
Published: September 6th, 2019

OPERATIONS UPDATE: PEA Determinations Finalized, Published Online

Under Section 616 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA), States are required to make a determination for all public education agencies (PEAs) of their performance on identified special education criteria. The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 determinations have been posted to the PEA Determinations section of the ESS website. Additionally, PEA Determinations can be accessed through the ESS PEA Determination application under ADEConnect. Please contact your PEA’s entity administrator for ADEConnect to access this application. Your PEA Determination is final unless your agency appeals by October 4, 2019.

A written appeal may be filed if the PEA has documentation that shows the data used to issue the Determination are inaccurate. If the PEA submitted inaccurate data and did not correct the data when given the opportunity by the Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), then the Determination level will not be changed, regardless of the appeal.

Use the PEA Determination Appeal Form found on the PEA Determinations website. Upon receipt of the appeal, the ADE/ESS will review and provide a written response within 30 days. If the appeal is granted, the ADE/ESS will issue a final determination within 30 days of the written response.

For questions regarding PEA Determinations, please contact the ESS Operations unit using the ESS Operations inbox.

Posted in Updates |