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2016 Special Education Administrators' Academy

The Special Education Administrators' Academy will be held on September 14 and 15, 2016, at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Conference-At-A-Glance, session descriptions, links to presentation handouts and vendor information are available for viewing and download at tinyurl.com/2016LEAacademy.
If you would like hard copies of presentation materials for sessions you plan to attend, you will need to download and print them in advance. Additional presentation materials will be added to the site as we receive them from presenters.

Please Note: Hard copies will not be provided onsite although attendees will receive a Conference-At-A-Glance program upon check-in at the registration desk.

We look forward to seeing you at the academy!

Succeed Scholarship

The Succeed Scholarship Program was established by Act 1178 of 2015 to provide students with disabilities that have an individualized education program (IEP) and meet eligibility requirements, a scholarship to an eligible private school.

Monthly TA Calls

The Special Education Unit monthly calls provide information, highlight resources, address LEA questions, and solicit input on a variety of topics. These calls are recorded and archived. We are using ZOOM for the calls and participants are able to see and hear the presenters, but will not be able to be heard or seen on the webcam. Pre-submitted questions are answered during the monthly calls, so if you would like to submit questions for the call or submit ideas for future topics, please provide that information to us by clicking here

Friday, August 5, 2016 (1:00PM - 3:00PM)
We invite you to join us for our monthly TA call, which has been moved up this month to Friday, August 5, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.
Topics: Paperwork Reduction, highlighting the new forms to be piloted.
August Video Recording
August Presentation 2016

Call Details:
Monthly Call Join Link - https://zoom.us/j/763885428
You may also join by phone 415-762-9988 (US Toll) or 646-568-7788 (US Toll)
Webinar ID: 763885428

Paperwork Reduction

The amount of time special education teachers are required to spend on paperwork is an ongoing concern in Arkansas and nationally. The ADE is committed to reviewing special education paperwork to reduce unnecessary items and duplication as much as possible, while maintaining accountability, procedural safeguards, and parental involvement.

Special Education Supervisors were surveyed in November 2015 about the impact of special education paperwork on their staff and students, and their input was solicited around possible solutions. The survey results overwhelmingly supported the urgency of addressing this issue. A task force representative of multiple stakeholder groups has been formed to convene around special education paperwork reduction. The first meeting was held on January 20, 2016 and a target date of June 2016 was established for the committee to make recommendations. This is an opportunity to positively impact policies and procedures in our state.

Key Task Force Activities:

  • Review initial LEA special education paperwork survey results including specific comments for streamlining
  • Identify additional stakeholder groups to be surveyed
  • Review AR special education paperwork required for specific events or conferences
  • Crosswalk AR required forms with federal and state regulatory requirements
  • Eliminate duplication and unnecessary items and forms
  • Identify opportunities to save time (drop downs, etc.)

 

Task Force Meeting Dates:
Jan 20, Feb 17, March 31, April 20, May 18, June 6

List of Pilot Forms: Pilot Forms




Click here to see Special Education Paperwork Reduction Task Force Members

Click here to see Task Force Meeting Notes

2015 Special Education Legislative Update

Click here to download the document

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Information and Resources

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) ensure that all students with print disabilities have the opportunity to perceive the information contained in educational materials.  

New AEM Information and Resources are now available for Arkansas educators, parents and students.

About Us

Welcome to the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education website. Our website has been designed to offer straightforward access to useful special education information for parents, teachers, school administrators, and members of the public.

Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Special Education Unit, works in collaboration with local school districts to provide special education services for students with disabilities (ages 3 to 21) in an effort to ensure that all special education students in Arkansas receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Special Education Unit is committed to improving educational results for students with disabilities though statewide leadership and support to schools, educators, students, families, and other stakeholders.

Additional responsibilities include the oversight of statewide compliance with all federal and state special education laws and regulations, development of programs and services, management of federally required data reporting and analysis, and administration of state and local special education budgets.