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    07/01/2022 View HTML Page  All LEAs will be required to submit an updated Special Education Program Plan Statements (SEPPS) for FY23 which must be approved before your FY23 IDEA grants can be approved.
    06/29/2022 View HTML Page  DESE has converted the Draft Improved IEP Form (IEP 1 – IEP 8) to Word format, translated it into Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese and posted to the IEP Improvement Project website.
    06/29/2022 View HTML Page  MCAS-Alt Decision Making Tool Translation and Availability
    06/13/2022 View HTML Page  IDEA equitable services carry-over from FY21 FC 240/262: Action Required
    06/09/2022 View HTML Page  Draft IEP Form Feedback Survey
    06/06/2022 View HTML Page  Massachusetts Education Job Fair hosted by DESE and MASSHIRE, 15 June 2022 10AM-2PM. There are thousands of positions to fill at all experience levels in districts across the Commonwealth.
    05/27/2022 View HTML Page  Fiscal Year 2022 final grant payment windows. These final windows are for all grants regardless of whether they end 6/30/2022 or 8/31/2022. July is the final grant request window for FY22.
    05/10/2022 View HTML Page  Special Education Accountability and Assistance Webinar — Support for LEAs with a Determination of Needs Assistance (NA) or Needs Intervention (NI)
    04/29/2022 View HTML Page  IEP Improvement Project Update: DESE is excited to announce that a new draft IEP form is now available for initial public review.
    03/10/2022 View HTML Page  Data regarding Blind-Visually Impaired (BVI) students need to be reported by the LEA's certified teacher of the visually impaired(TVI) to the Accessible Instructional Materials Library. Submission of data accepted until March 14, 2022
    03/04/2022 View HTML Page  Notice of Public Comment on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Annual State Application. The deadline for submission of public comment is April 4, 2022.
    02/23/2022 View HTML Page  Autism/Asperger Network and DESE present a free Professional Development Institute for Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators: Early Identification and Supports for Young Children with Autism
    02/18/2022 View HTML Page  Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) annual Pre-ETS Vision of Collaboration Conference — virtual conference. Friday, April 1, 2022, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET
    02/14/2022 View HTML Page  Frequently Asked Questions for Schools and Districts Regarding Special Education — Revised February 2022
    02/11/2022 View HTML Page  New resources for ECSE
    01/31/2022 View HTML Page  Updated Referral, Evaluation, and Eligibility (REE) Reusable Learning Object posted: Massachusetts Referral, Evaluation, and Eligibility Determination Guidance — Overview
    01/31/2022 View HTML Page  Updated Eligibility Flowchart posted
    12/14/2021 View HTML Page  Revised Placement Consent Forms for students aged 5 (enrolled in kindergarten) and aged 6 through 21 (PL 1 and PL2)
    12/02/2021 View HTML Page  DESE seeks your input on new targets for the State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR)
    12/02/2021 View HTML Page  Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2021-3: Shared Responsibility for Special Education Services in Institutional Settings
    12/02/2021 View HTML Page  Child Find Resources, updated and translated: Child Find Fact Sheet, Child Find Poster, and Child Find Letter.
    10/06/2021 View HTML Page  Updated Special Education Program Plan for SY 2021-2022 (Cohort 3)
    08/26/2021 View HTML Page  Physicians' Attestation for Evaluation for Students to Remain at Home Forms and Q&A Posted
    08/06/2021 View HTML Page  IDEA Equitable Services Resolution Funds
    07/15/2021 View HTML Page  Office of Special Education Planning and Policy is Seeking Interns
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