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Notice of Public Review and Comment - State Part B Application

In accordance with federal regulations governing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as amended in 2004, the Annual State Application under Part B from the Arkansas Department of Education is available for public review from March 11, 2014 through May 9, 2014.

Written public comments will be accepted from March 17, 2014 through April 15, 2014.

FFY 2014 OSEP Part B State Application

FFY 2014 Use of Funds Worksheet

Note: Final allocations for FFY 2014 have not been provided by OSEP; therefore, the FFY 2013 spreadsheet is being used until FFY 2014 is available.


Written public comment should be submitted to:

Martha Kay Asti

Associate Director, ADE Special Education Unit

1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 450, Little Rock, AR 72201

Ph: 501-682-4221

Fax: 501-682-5159

New Forms

The new Prior Written Notice of Action, Description of Assessment Areas and Notice of Conference forms will be required beginning on October 1, 2013. Prior to that date, districts have the option of using the new forms.

Click here for Prior Written Notice Examples *New

Click here for New Forms and Training Resources

NCSC Professional Development

NCSC’s long-term goal is to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. A well-designed summative assessment alone is insufficient to achieve that goal. Thus, NCSC is developing a full system intended to support educators, which includes formative assessment tools and strategies, professional development on appropriate interim uses of data for progress monitoring, and management systems to ease the burdens of administration and documentation. The resources in the link below are the introductory professional development pieces developed by NCSC to prepare educators to teach the Common Core State Standards to students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Click here for NCSC Professional Development Materials *New

Public Insurance

The new Parental Notice to Access Public Insurance and to Release Personally Identifiable Information and Parental Consent to Access Public Insurance and to Release Personally Identifiable Information forms are required as of July 31, 2013.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has issued Non-Regulatory Guidance on the IDEA Part B Regulations Regarding Parental Consent for the Use of Public Benefits or Insurance to Pay for Services under IDEA which may help in understanding these new requirements.

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Co-Teaching Project

The Arkansas (AR) Co-Teaching Project will once again offer its comprehensive Co-Teaching Model professional development package that includes a yearlong combination of traditional and "hands on" guided practice trainings, online support, and onsite coaching visits. 
For more information about co-teaching professional development opportunities or if you need assistance in co-teaching implementation planning, contact Rose Merry Kirkpatrick at (501) 835-3330.

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Standards-Based IEPs

IEPs developed on or after April 1, 2013 are required to be in standards-based format. Prior to that date districts had the option of using the new standards-based forms when developing IEPs.
State-level guidance standards-based IEP Q&A is now available.

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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.