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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.
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 - https://adedata.arkansas.gov/sgps/
April 14, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
April Call Documents:
Click here for the Google Presentation
Monthly Call Join Link : https://zoom.us/j/712296789
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!
Friday, January 13, 2017
Topics: Students with Traumatic Brain Injury, Curriculum and Assessment Update, Diploma Options for students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities, Special Education Website changes, and General Information and Reminders
January Video Recording
January Call Documents:
Students with Traumatic Brain Injury - Aleecia Starkey
January 2017 Presentation
Friday, November 11, 2016
The monthly conference call scheduled for Friday, November 11, 2016, has been canceled. We will re-schedule the call for a later date and, as always, we appreciate your active participation. If you have questions that you would like addressed on the next monthly call or would like to submit ideas for future topics, please provide that information to us by filling Monthly Calls Questionnaire/Ideas Form
Friday, October 14, 2016
Topics: Special Education Updates and Evidence Based Practices
October Video Recording
October Call Documents:
Classroom Management Strategies
High Leverage Practices for Special Education Teachers
High Leverage Practices Guide
Friday, June 10, 2016
The monthly conference call scheduled for this Friday, June 10, has been canceled
Friday, May 13, 2016
Topics: PepNet, LRE Calculation, Paperwork Reduction and Special Education Updates.
May Video Recording
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 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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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 6
List of Pilot Forms: Pilot Forms
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.