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 9, 2016 through May 8, 2016.
Written public comments will be accepted from March 21, 2016 through April 21, 2016.
Copies of the Application may be obtained at the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit, 1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 450, Little Rock, AR 72201
Written public comment should be submitted to:
Arkansas Department of Education,
Special Education Unit,
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 450,
Little Rock, AR 72201.
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.
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, April 8, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Topic: Statewide Field Test for Title VI-B Annual Application
Friday, March 11, 2016
Topics: Statewide Field Test for Fiscal State Application for Title VI-B, RTI Resources, and Disproportionality
March Presentation 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
Topics: SEU Partnership with School Improvement, Paperwork Reduction Update, Dispute Resolution Update, Fiscal Update (Statewide Field Test),Curriculum and Assessment Update (Unified English Braille Transition, Dyslexia Update), State Program Development (Paraprofessional Module Update).
February Video Recording
February Presentation 2016
October 26, 2015 Call
Topics: ADE’s procedure for responding to parent calls, and communication techniques to support productive conversations in IEP meetings
October Video Recording
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:
Task Force Meeting Dates:
Jan 20, Feb 17, March 31, April 20, May 18, June 8
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.
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.