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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 clicking here

November 13, 2015 Call
Topics: Paper reduction survey, IDEA Part B fiscal accountability procedures, and a review of the tiered monitoring system.
PowerPoint Presentation

  • 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
    PowerPoint Presentation

Enrollment is open in targeted areas for PROMISE Arkansas

PROMISE Arkansas is part of a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families to improve their educational and employment outcomes. Enrollment is open to youth ages 14 to 16 who are currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For 1000 youth, PROMISE will provide additional services to youth and their families including: intensive case management, two paid competitive work experiences, education and employment training and support for youth and families, health and wellness training, and benefits counseling.

Please visit PROMISE Arkansas for additional information on enrollment and regional recruitment activities.


2015 LEA Academy (September 15-16, 2015)

Embassy Suites Little Rock
11301 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock, AR 72211


2015 LEA Academy Documents


2014 LEA Academy Documents (Oct. 20-21, 2014)
Click here to see the documents

2015 Special Education Legislative Update

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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, AR  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.

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.