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2015 Special Education Legislative Update

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New EDR/EPC Forms Required on 01/01/2016

Districts currently have the option to use these evaluation forms but will be required to use them beginning January 1, 2016.

Draft Forms (July 2015)


Training Modules


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Notice of Public Review and Comment and Public Hearing - 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 and revised policies and procedures under Part B from the Arkansas Department of Education is available for public review from March 11, 2015, through May 11, 2015.

Written public comments will be accepted from March 18, 2015, through April 18, 2015.

Public hearings will be held on April 21, 2015, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and April 23, 2015, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit, 1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 450, Little Rock, ARĀ  72201.

Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Information and Resources

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

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

Teacher Resources

Our new Teacher Resources page offers a compilation of resources designed to help teachers meet the needs of students with disabilities.

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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.

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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.