Includes information on funding for special education programs, Least Restrictive Environment, Corey H. news and updates, school district policies, forms for special education, due process and a listing of Directors of Special Education.
How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities.
- Alternate Assessment
The Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA) is designed for students with Individualized Education Programs for whom all other state assessments are inappropriate, even with accommodations, because of their disabilities.
- Appropriate Procedures
for Determining Placement in the Least Restrictive Environment (4/01).
The information contained herein is intended to reinforce the requirements of IDEA, discuss their implications at the local level, and offer technical assistance and training resources that educators and parents may access to enhance their capacity to collaboratively fulfill those requirements.
- Categories for Special Education
The Special Education Categories site includes information, research, resources, and best practices on the following program areas: Deaf-Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech/Language Impairment, Speech/Language Pathology Services, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment.
- Certification - Special
As a result of the Corey H. litigation, the Illinois State Board of Education has implemented new rules to make the transition to a new system of certification for special education teachers.
- Chronic Infectious
Diseases in Schoolchildren
The Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois General Assembly place a high priority on the need to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in schools.
- Compliance Monitoring
Special Education monitoring activities are comprised of two types of compliance reviews: Focused and Comprehensive Compliance Reviews.
- Comprehensive System of Learning Supports
- Continuous Improvement
Plan - Part B and Part C
Note: This plan assumes the provision of appropriate instruction and services for linguistically and culturally diverse student populations with qualified bilingual personnel.
- Deviation Application – 70/30, Class Size, Age Range (Updated 2/15)
- Directors of Special Education
- Due Process
- Due Process: Special Ed
This video demonstrates a sample Special Education Mediation session. The program was produced in 1986. While the program itself is dated, the information presented is accurate and the procedures are still applicable.
- Exception to the 1.0 Percent
Cap on Progressing and Attaining Scores Based on Alternate
Achievement Standards to be Included in the Calculation of
District AYP for the School Year Request
Contains information on the Exception to the 1.0 Percent Cap on Progressing and Attaining Scores Based on Alternate Achievement Standards to be Included in the Calculation of District AYP for the School Year Request.
- Extended School Year Services
- July 26, 2005
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide a reminder regarding the legal requirements related to the provision of extended school year (ESY) services for students with disabilities.
- Extended School Year for Students with Disabilities - November 20, 2001
- Forms for Special Education
- Homeless Education
- IDEA Part B Grants
- Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act Amendments of 1997 (IDEA)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, established in law in 1975, retains the basic rights and protections for children with disabilities.
- Individualized Education Program (IEP)
The Illinois State Board of Education's recommended Individualized Education Program (IEP) forms packets are available in English and Spanish versions. Click to view the language version you prefer.
- Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
The LRE Clearinghouse is a resource for families and educators on issues related to educating students with disabilities in the regular classrooms.
- Medical, Religious Immunization Exemptions
The State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health have developed guidelines to help school administrators determine whether a medical or religious immunization exemption should be allowed and when a medical objection should be referred to IDPH.
Administration in Schools
The purpose of administering medication in school is to help each student maintain an optimal state of health to enhance his or her education.
- Nonpublic Special Education Facilities
Nonpublic special education facilities provide educational, therapeutic and/or residential services to students identified as having either severe, profound or multiple disabilities.
- Occupational and
Physical Therapy Services - Recommended Practices
The purpose of this document is to present administrators, occupational and/or physical therapy personnel, educators, other professionals, and parents, with information regarding the provision of occupational and/or physical therapy in educational environments.
- Private Residential Placement Room & Board Reimbursement Form (34-37) (10/12)
Regarding Psychological Counseling and Mental Health Services
This purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance to school districts to ensure that children with behavioral or emotional disabilities (ED) are receiving all of the related services that they need, including psychological counseling services, as part of a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
- Reimbursement to School
Districts for Co-teaching Personnel
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide clarification regarding reimbursement to school districts for special education certified and non-certified personnel involved in the instruction of both general education and special education students.
- Response to Intervention (RtI)
- School District
Policies on Social and Emotional Development
Mental health is as important to children's overall health, well-being and academic success as physical health, yet little attention is usually placed on this issue until problems become severe.
This web page provides access to a great variety of resources, tools and information related to secondary transition including, but not limited to: an age-appropriate transition assessment, measurable post-school goals, transition plan development, and linkages to web resources that cover a range of topics related to secondary transition. The Transition Outreach Training for Adult Living (TOTAL) Project training modules and resources can also be accessed here.
Emotional Performance Descriptors
The classroom assessments are resources to help teachers determine local performance expectations for the Illinois Learning Standards at each grade level.
- Special Education Content Standards
- Special Education
The Division of Funding and Disbursements is responsible for the approval and reimbursement of costs for pupils, personnel and services.
- School District Guidance for Conducting Timely and Meaningful Consultation with Private Schools
- Students with
Disabilities in Regional Safe Schools Programs
This memorandum is sent to clarify the responsibilities of school districts and special education cooperatives in providing services to students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) enrolled in the Regional Safe Schools Program (RSSP) and in meeting relevant reporting requirements.
- Time Out and Physical Restraint Rules
Public Act 91-600 amended the School Code of Illinois to specifically address the issues of isolated time out and physical restraint in public schools.
I Requirements Relating to the Qualifications of Paraprofessionals
This memorandum is intended to clarify the application of the requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) to paraprofessionals.