Special Education Compliance

  • Special Education Compliance

    In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Chapters 14 of the State Board Regulations, PDE provides general supervision over all public schools, school districts, and other public education agencies within the state to ensure that each student with a disability receives a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and that each family has the benefits of a system of procedural safeguards. The Bureau of Special Education conducts Compliance Monitoring for Continuous Improvement (CMCI) of school districts, charter schools, and early intervention programs to ensure compliance with applicable regulations;

    • Cyclical Monitoring is conducted every six years among all public school districts and charter schools;
    • Focused Monitoring may be conducted annually among school districts and charter schools whose data does not meet established accountability benchmarks;
    • Targeted Monitoring may be conducted among school districts and charter schools where particular compliance issues are noted requiring closer review;
    • In accordance with the Gaskin Settlement Agreement Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Monitoring will be conducted among school districts that are the lowest ranking in the state in including special education students in regular education classrooms for all or part of the school day;
    • Following monitoring visits, PDE sends reports to the school districts detailing results. The school district must correct any difficulties that are present. BSE staff verifies the school districts' corrective actions.

    Midwestern Intermediate Unit can assist you in preparing for your monitoring: 

    • Training on Writing IEPs Designed for Educational Benefit and Compliance
    • Educational Benefit Review (EBR) training and facilitation
    • File Reviews
    • FSA Review