The Illinois State Board of Education partners with school districts to provide programs and services for students with specialized educational needs.
Special Education Services assures that these programs and services meet state and federal requirements. This involves both compliance and technical assistance functions. Compliance functions include monitoring least restrictive environment compliance, administering due process system, providing mediation services, conducting compliant investigations, approving policies and procedures, conducting focused and comprehensive reviews and approving nonpublic special education facilities. Technical assistance functions involve providing information and guidance on promising practices in educating students with disabilities, including the operation of numerous statewide training and technical assistance initiatives, administering the comprehensive system of personnel development for special education and management of grant programs to schools for special education service delivery.
- Regional Safe Schools Program (RSSP) FY 2014 Application - Now Available! (Deadline June 30, 2013)
- Annual Special Education Directors' Conference 2013- August 7-9 in Springfield
- FY14 Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Forms
- Annual Performance Report, PART B - FFY 2011 (2011-2012) (Revised 5/13)
- FY 2014 School Technology Revolving Loan Program (5/13)
- Illinois Web-Based IEP & Special Education Data System is coming soon! - Click here for details!
- 7th Annual Conference on Best Practices in Nonpublic Special Education Programs - November 7-8, 2013
Conference Save the Date and Call for Presentations Posted!
- Alternative Learning Opportunities Program (ALOP) Continuation Applications for FY 2014
Programs who currently have an ALOP program and wish to continue the program for FY 2014 should submit the Continuation Application by the deadline of June 28, 2013
- Medical Review FAQ's - Rule 226.840 (12/12)
- Data Road Map for Special Education
- IDEA Part B Applications and Information
- Planning Calendar for 2012-2013
Other Items of Interest
• Meeting the Educational Needs of Students in the Child Welfare System: A Tool for Teachers and A Tool for School Administrators and Counseling Staff
• What Is Child Welfare?: A Guide for Educators
• American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law
The Guide can be found at: http://www.icmhp.org/workgroups/files/Residential Treatment Handbook01-07-12A.pdf
The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities, provides person-first services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Possible services include in-home supports, respite care, training programs, job coaches, residential living arrangements, adaptive equipment, etc.
The Special Education and Support Services division at the Illinois State Board of is seeking LEA’s to participate in an exciting opportunity.
The purpose of the LRE Data Cohort is to provide districts hands-on assistance in using their data to improve placement options for students with disabilities. Districts will take part in activities that will assist them in (1) identifying relevant data to address problems/concerns, (2) conducting data analysis to generate a hypothesis, (3) conducting data analysis to test the hypothesis to determine root cause, (4) planning for improvement, and (5) evaluating progress toward measurable goals. Con't.
In February 2010, the Learning Disabilities Association of America issued a white paper, The Learning Disabilities Association of America’s White Paper of Evaluation, Identification, and Eligibility Criteria for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities. NASDSE did not formally respond to the white paper, believing that researchers and practitioners across the country with far more knowledge and experience would provide a better response. Now that has happened. A paper, A Response to the Learning Disabilities of America (LDA) White Paper on Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Identification was released in December 2010. Please find attached the original Learning Disabilities Association of America white paper and the response by leading researchers and implementers.
This booklet is for parents to use to keep important information about their child and his/her special education and related services. It is a companion to Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois.
Records play an important role as you plan your child’s education. Dates, people, meetings and reports are important throughout your child’s educational career. The records keeper was developed to assist parents in preparing for Individualized Education Program (IEP) and transition meetings; getting ready for evaluations and reevaluations; and keeping track of paperwork and other materials.
This booklet cross-references the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) publication, Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. At the bottom of each page, locate the page number(s) that references a section or pages in the guide. The guide offers information to increase your knowledge and understanding about the topic or issue.
The Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is pleased to announce the creation of the Community College Initiative (CCI). The purpose of CCI is to encourage people with disabilities to pursue college training that will enhance skills and provide for greater employment opportunities. DRS believes that up to 1,500 individuals may benefit from the initiative through the end of the ARRA funding in September 2011. For further information, please visit the website at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=51686.