OSEP releases infographic on infants and toddlers with disabilities

Header: OSEP Office of Special Education Programs. Title: OSEP Fast Facts: Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities. Body: Percent of percent of the population, ages birth through 2, served under IDEA, Part C in the United States: 2018-19. Image shows U.S. map. Separate text box reads: The percent of the population, receiving early intervention services under IDEA, Part C, for the United States and Outlying Areas is 3.48%. Source: U.S. Department of Education, EDFacts Metadata and Process System (EMAPS): "IDEA Part C Child Count and Settings," 2018-19. https://go.usa.gov/xd6j9. These data are a snapshot count collected by states in the fall of the identified year. U.S. Bureau of the Census. "2018 State Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin". Data accessed July 2019 from http://www.census.gov/popest

 

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2020) – The Office of Special Education Programs released an OSEP Fast Facts infographic to provide a summary of infants and toddlers with disabilities.

The infographic looks at infants and toddlers with disabilities served under Part C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act from 2018 – 2019.

Data collection authorized under IDEA Section 618 showed 3.48% of infants and toddlers in the U.S. and outlying areas receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C.

Part C of the IDEA addresses provisions related to formula grants that assist states in providing early intervention services for infants and toddlers birth through age two and their families. Part C regulations implement the early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities.

OSEP Fast Facts is an ongoing effort to display data from the 12 data collections authorized under IDEA Section 618 into graphic, visual representations with the intent to present 618 data quickly and clearly.

Visit the OSEP Fast Facts page for existing and future Fast Facts.

Last modified on June 25, 2020

OSEP Releases Infographic on Students with Autism

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Office of Special Education Programs. OSEP Fast Facts: Children Identified with Autism. Map of U.S. showing percentage of students with disabilities ages 6 to 21 served under IDEA Part B and identified with autism in School Year 2018-19. In SY18-19, the percent of students with disabilities IDed with autism equals 11%. States reported a range from 1 to 15 % of student with disabilities IDed with autism. Source: U.S. Department of Education, EDFacts Data Warehouse (EDW): “IDEA Part B Child Count and Education Environments Collection,” 2018-19. Download: https://go.usa.gov/xdp4T

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2020) – The Office of Special Education Programs in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announced the release of an infographic on students with autism.

The infographic displays data collected as part the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s Section 618 requirement for states to submit data about infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities birth through age 21.

The autism infographic launched an OSEP data collection initiative called OSEP Fast Facts.

“OSEP Fast Facts enable us to share and promote 618 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) data in a new and interactive way,” wrote OSEP in a blog post. “Our first OSEP Fast Facts presents 618 data on students identified with autism.”

Last modified on March 6, 2020

Department Releases 2019 Determination Letters on State Implementation of the IDEA

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2019) — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services released its 2019 state determinations on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of Part B and Part C for fiscal year 2017.

The 2004 amendments to the IDEA require each state to develop a State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) that evaluates the state’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of the IDEA, and describes how the state will improve its implementation.

The IDEA details four categories for the Secretary of Education’s determinations. A state’s determination may be:

  • Meets the requirements and purposes of IDEA;
  • Needs assistance in implementing the requirements of IDEA;
  • Needs intervention in implementing the requirements of IDEA; or
  • Needs substantial intervention in implementing the requirements of IDEA.

View 2019 Determination Letters Fact Sheet

View 2019 SPP/APRs Part B and Part C

OSERS posts four new letters in May

WASHINGTON, DC (May 31, 2019) – The U.S. Department of Education released four letters responding to requests for guidance throughout May.

The letters address independent education evaluation, due process hearings, evaluation/reevaluation and prior written notice.

Letter on a parent’s right to an independent education evaluation

Letter on evaluation/reevaluation and prior written notice related to functional vision assessment by an optometrist

Letter on individualized education programs and whether school district may invite an observer to an IEP Team meeting

Letter addressing questions on due process hearings procedures

View all policy guidance

Calculating Significant Disproportionality

WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2019) – The U.S. Department of Education released the following statement about significant disproportionality May 20:

“Pursuant to the plain language of the December 19, 2016 Equity in IDEA regulation on significant disproportionality, and in conjunction with the March 7, 2019 decision in COPAA v. Devos, the Department expects States to calculate significant disproportionality for the 2018–2019 school year using the 2016 rule’s standard methodology, or to recalculate using the 2016 rule’s standard methodology if a different methodology has already been used for this school year.”

Update on Judicial Decision Regarding Significant Disproportionality

WASHINGTON, DC (April 4, 2019)

From the Department of Education:

“We want to make you aware of the March 7, 2019 judicial decision in COPAA v. DeVos that vacated the 2018 regulation delaying implementation of the December 19, 2016 Equity in IDEA regulation on significant disproportionality. The Department is reviewing the ruling and considering our options. This judicial decision means that the 2016 regulation is currently in effect. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) staff is collecting information from States about the status of implementation and discussing how to assist with any issues that may arise. If you have additional questions or concerns, please communicate directly with your OSEP State contact.”

Last modified on April 5, 2019

OSERS posts four new letters in January

WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 13, 2019) – The U.S. Department of Education released four letters responding to requests for guidance Jan. 29.

The letters address students with disabilities in correctional facilities, discipline procedures, children with disabilities place in private schools by their parents, and response to intervention.

Letter on students with disabilities in correctional facilities

Letter on discipline procedures

Letter on children with disabilities place in private schools by their parents

Letter on response to intervention

View all policy guidance

Last modified on February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Education Announces Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion to Protect Children with Disabilities, Ensure Compliance with Federal Laws

By the U.S. Department of Education

WASHINGTON (Jan. 17, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the U.S. Department of Education will launch an initiative to address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will oversee this proactive approach which will protect students with disabilities by providing technical assistance and support to schools, districts, and state education agencies, and strengthen enforcement activities.

See Press Release

Last modified on January 17, 2019

Department publishes 2018 Annual Report to Congress on nation’s progress related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

WASHINGTON (Dec. 20, 2018) —The U.S. Department of Education published its 2018 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) annual report to Congress this week.

The 40th Annual Report to Congress focuses on children and student with disabilities who received services specific to IDEA Part C for infants and toddlers or IDEA Part B for children and youth.

The report summarizes U.S. progress in:

  1. providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for children with disabilities under IDEA, Part B and early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families under IDEA, Part C,
  2. ensuring that the rights of these children with disabilities and their parents are protected,
  3. assisting states and localities in providing for the education of all children with disabilities, and
  4. assessing the effectiveness of efforts to educate children with disabilities.

Read the 40th Annual Report to Congress preface or download the report.

Last modified on December 20, 2018

Special education programs office awards new, legacy grants

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

WASHINGTON (Oct. 29, 2018) — The Department of Education recently awarded grants for new and legacy investments to centers that support infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services’ Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) distributed these grants awards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part D, which authorizes formula and discretionary grants.

OSEP issued recompete announcements, and the following centers received grants to continue work on legacy investments:

  • National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
    • Awarded to the University of Oregon
    • Currently known as PBIS
  • National Technical Assistance and Dissemination Center for Children who are Deaf-Blind
  • Center on Dispute Resolution
    • Awarded to Direction Service
    • Currently known as CADRE
  • Center for Parent Information and Resources
    • Awarded to the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey, Inc.
    • Currently known as CPIR

OSEP awarded new investments to projects that will focus on early childhood education. Those investments include:

You can view all of OSEP’s Part D investments using the OSEP Discretionary Grants Database.

 

Last modified on October 29, 2018