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Special Education

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver extension on the number of students tested using an alternate assessment as part of the annual statewide assessment. View the 2021-2022 Waiver Extension Request here and find additional information regarding the federal requirement here.

Any individual or organization may submit written comments on the proposed waiver extension pursuant to 34 C.F.R.§200.6(c)(4). Public comment will be accepted here through Friday, November 18.

Mission Statement

All students, including those with disabilities, are held to high expectations and have equitable access to educational opportunities that enrich their lives and prepare them for future success.

Our goal as educators is to improve outcomes for all students. This can be accomplished through a system that ensures equity and access. Equitable Access is the guarantee that all students are provided the necessary and individualized supplementary aids and services, accommodations, modifications, or supports to meaningfully participate in the general education curriculum. Equitable access must be accompanied by a school-wide acceptance or belief in shared responsibility, shared accountability, and high expectations. According to the Dear Colleague letter on the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (November 2015) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (December 2015), improving outcomes also requires a strong core curriculum, high quality instruction, unbiased assessment that guides instruction, and collaboration among administrators, general and special education staff, parents, and the community. Multi-tiered system of support and universal design for learning provide the foundation necessary to reach the overall goal.