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Special Education

Special Education

Outline of Massachusetts State with Collage of Children graphic of puzzle pieces showing how eight key components all interlock to form complete Components of General Supervision: Fiscal Management, Integrated Monitoring, Sustaining Compliance & Improvement, Implementation of Policies and Procedures, Technical Assistance & Professional Development, Dispute Resolution, Data, and SPP/APR

As the State Educational Agency, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has responsibility for general supervision under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). DESE provides technical assistance and monitors local education agencies’ (LEAs) implementation of IDEA and state special education law. General supervision has eight distinct but interconnected components, creating a cohesive system.

Information from Special Education Leaders Meetings
February 9, 2024 Presentation Recording
The focus of this meeting was: Update on new MA IEP, DESE/DDS Residential Prevention Program Enrollment Period, Special Education Procedures, General Supervision updates and other Special Education Updates.
January 26, 2024 Presentation Recording
The focus of this meeting was: Update on new MA IEP, Significant Disproportionality, Special Education Procedures, LEA determinations and Other Special Education Updates.
December 15, 2023 Presentation Recording
The focus of this meeting was: Update on new MA IEP, CHAMP, communication hub and monitoring portal, PRS, Problem Resolution, LEA determinations and Other Special Education Updates.
November 17, 2023 Presentation Recording
The focus of this meeting was: Update on new MA IEP, adult autism, adult autism supports, CHAMP, communication hub and monitoring portal, PRS, Problem Resolution, and Other Special Education Updates.
September 15, 2023 Presentation Recording
The focus of this meeting was: Update on new MA IEP, Updates from OSERS on the state's general supervision responsibilities, and Other Special Education Updates.

Last Updated: February 5, 2024

 
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