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Succeed Scholarship

The Succeed Scholarship Program, Ark. Code Ann. § 6-41-801 et seq., provides a scholarship to an eligible private school for students with disabilities that have an individualized education program (IEP) and students in foster care living in a group home or facility that meet eligibility requirements.

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 filling Monthly Calls Questionnaire/Ideas Form

Friday, April 14, 2017

We invite you to join us for our monthly TA call, Friday, April 14, 2017, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. The April call will focus on a new discipline reporting feature of Student GPS. The discipline reporting feature allows districts to view graphs of office discipline referrals by time of day, location, discipline infraction, action, grade, and student demographics (e.g. students with disabilities). Districts can use this information to inform program planning around positive behavior supports. Link to Student GPS -

Call Details:

April 14, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
April Call Documents:
Click here for the Google Presentation

Monthly Call Join Link :
You may also join by phone 415-762-9988 (US Toll) or 646-568-7788 (US Toll)
Webinar ID: 712296789

If you are new to ZOOM please login a few minutes early.
Your feedback is valuable to us, and we hope these calls will provide an avenue for better communication. We look forward to our February monthly call, and receiving your input about possible topics for future calls!

Special Education Process Guide

The purpose of this document is to supplement the Arkansas Department of Education Procedural Requirements and Program Standards and Eligibility Criteria and Program Guidelines. Individuals using this document will be guided through particular contexts in the special education process. Each context provides a list of forms, an overview of the process, and a walk-thru of the forms used.

The ADE Special Education Unit would like to express sincere gratitude to the Paperwork Reduction Task Force for all of their hard work and dedication to streamlining required special education forms and developing a Guidance Document to support IEP teams in effectively using the new paperwork.

Click here to download the Special Education Process Guide.
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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

Special Education Paperwork Reduction Task Force Members List

Task Force Meeting Notes

2015 Special Education Legislative Update

Special Education Legislative Update 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.