Category Archives: DESE Advisories

Administrative and technical guidance on special education laws, regulations, and policies from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Question and Answer Guide related to implementation of 603 CMR 46.00 The Regulations for The Prevention of Physical Restraint and requirements if used

Question and Answer Guide related to implementation of 603 CMR 46.00 The Regulations for The Prevention of Physical Restraint and requirements if used and conforming amendments to 603 CMR 18.00 PROGRAM AND SAFETY STANDARDS FOR APPROVED PUBLIC OR PRIVATE DAY AND RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS[1]
  1. Scope, purpose, and timing
  2. Why did ESE revise the regulations?
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Special Education Program Plan Statement IDEA -2004

Special Education Program Plan Statement

IDEA -2004

The federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), was reauthorized in December of 2004 and came fully into effect on July 1, 2005. The reauthorized act continues to emphasize the need to provide appropriate educational services to students with disabilities in order to improve educational results for these students. … Read the rest

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2017-1: Characteristics of High Quality Secondary Transition Services

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2017-1: Characteristics of High Quality Secondary Transition Services

To: Administrators of Special Education, Parents, Students, and Other Interested Parties From: Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date: July 14, 2016 ______________________________________________________________________________

Purpose

The purpose of this advisory is to help school districts improve outcomes for students with IEPs and to promote compliance with state and federal special education law by highlighting three characteristics of appropriate high quality secondary transition service delivery:
  1. Transition Services should be coordinated.
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Administrative Advisory SPED 2016-2: Requirements related to Maintenance of Effort

Administrative Advisory SPED 2016-2: Requirements related to Maintenance of Effort

To:
Superintendents, Special Education Administrators, Directors of Charter Schools, Business Directors, and Other Interested Parties
From:
Marcia Mittnacht
State Director of Special Education
Date:
November 2, 2015
This advisory replaces and supersedes Administrative Advisory SPED 2008-1 (now withdrawn). Administrative Advisory SPED 2015-1 informs school districts and charter schools (both referred to as districts in this advisory) about the new requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations1 related to maintaining annual fiscal effort in the expenditure of state and local funds for special education services to eligible students. … Read the rest

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2016-2: Promoting Student Self-Determination to Improve Student Outcomes

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2016-2: Promoting Student Self-Determination to Improve Student Outcomes

To: Middle and High School Principals, Administrators of Special Education, General and Special Educators, Students with Disabilities, Parents, and Other Interested Parties From: Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date: September 18, 2015 The purpose of this advisory is to: (1) Highlight the fundamental importance of supporting and encouraging student self-determination to promote successful adult outcomes. … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2015-2R: Special Education Parent Advisory Councils, Acceptable Alternatives, and Use of Social Media

To:
Superintendents, Administrators of Special Education, and Other Interested Parties
From:
Marcia Mittnacht
State Director of Special Education
Date:
March 18, 2015 (Section on Social Media revised 5/26/2015, 9/11/2015)
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) issues this advisory relative to Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (PACs or SEPACs) and alternatives. … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2012-1 The Autism Insurance Law

Administrative Advisory SPED 2012-1
The Autism Insurance Law

To: Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, Principals, Directors of Approved Special Education Private Schools, Directors of Educational Collaboratives, Administrators of Special Education, and Other Interested Parties
From: Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education
Date: August 22, 2011

I. Introduction

In July 2010, the Massachusetts legislature approved Chapter 207 of the Acts of 2010, An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism (ARICA)1 . … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2016-1: SIMS Data Reporting

Administrative Advisory SPED 2016-1:
SIMS Data Reporting

To:
Administrators of Special Education, District Data Managers, and Other Interested Parties
From:
Marcia Mittnacht
State Director of Special Education
Date:
August 25, 2015
The purpose of this advisory is to clarify both the purpose of several student information management system (SIMS) data elements and appropriate responses for certain situations. … Read the rest