Special Education Policy Memo SY 2023-2024 — 2: Update on Data Collection Activities for the Massachusetts State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) This memo is to provide districts collecting State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) Indicator data with an update on the data collection timelines for all Indicators. This memo replaces a previously released memo on August 19, 2019, regarding data collection activities.
Special Education Policy Memo SY2023-2024 — 1 Clarification: Conditions of Assistance submission Starting this year, the completed Conditions of Assistance: IDEA Part B Funding Certifications should be uploaded into the Grants for Education Management System (GEMS) with the IDEA application (240/262 grant application). The Conditions of Assistance has been updated this year, please make sure that the signatures are on the newest version and upload the full document.
Memorandum on Reducing or Eliminating the Use of Time-out Room This memo provides school districts with guidance about Reducing or Eliminating the Use of Time-out Rooms. Although this memo refers to the 2021-2022 school year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education advises schools and districts in the Commonwealth to continue concerted efforts to reduce or eliminate the use of time-out rooms.
Special Education Policy Memo SY2022-2023 — 4: Advance Notice of Update to the Web Based Monitoring System (WBMS) for State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) Indicators 11 and 12 Data Collection
Special Education Policy Memo SY2022-2023 — 3: 2022-2023 Determinations of Need for Special Education Technical Assistance or Intervention
Special Education Policy Memo SY2022-2023 — 2: Requirements for the 2022-2023 Conditions of Assistance: IDEA Part B Funding (formerly SEPPS)
Special Education Policy Memo SY2022-2023 — 1: Mileage Reimbursement for Parents under 603 CMR 28.07(6)
Discipline: Statutory Language & Flow Chart
Memorandum on Addressing the Needs of Students with Disabilities Relocating to Massachusetts from Puerto RicoThis memo provides school districts with guidance about planning for and responding to the needs of students with disabilities and students experiencing trauma as a result of natural disasters who have relocated to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands following the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
Dear Colleague Letter on Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE): Policy guidance that clarifies that individualized education programs (IEP) for children with disabilities must be aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled.
Dear Colleague Letter on Dyslexia: Policy guidance that clarifies that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations or IEP documents.
Guidance on Appointment of Special Education Surrogate Parents
Memorandum on Requirements for Registration of Sign Language Interpreters Who Work in Educational Settings
Guidance on 603 CMR 28.07(7)
Memorandum on Procedures Lite
Memorandum on New Requirements for Registration of Sign Language Interpreters Who Work in Educational Settings
Memorandum on the Implementation of 603 CMR 28.05(7): Parent response to proposed IEP and proposed placement
National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) Additional Assurance Required for IDEA Part B Grant
Question and Answer Guide on the Implementation of Educational Services in the Home or Hospital 603 CMR 28.03(3)(c) and 28.04(4)
Last Updated: September 12, 2023
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