Special Education

Overview

Special education refers to a wide range of services provided to students who qualify with a disability. Examples of areas that could be serviced are language, academic content areas, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, emotional regulation, social skills, and adaptive skills. All of these areas fit within at least one of 13 areas of identification according to NDE Rule 51. Students qualifying for special education take part in specially designed instruction to meet their needs. The focus is to help students with disabilities learn in an environment that is appropriate. Federal law states that students must be in their Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) with general education peers as much as possible. 

The services and supports students receive are individualized and determined by an Individual Education Program (IEP) team. This team meets annually, at minimum, to determine progress and consider the next steps to ensure the student’s needs are met. 
Students in special education must be re-evaluated, and a Multidisciplinary Team Meeting must be held every three years to ensure the student continues to meet NDE Rule 51 guidelines. The school district is responsible for ensuring this law is met and will communicate with the IEP team when re-evaluation is due. 

If you have specific questions regarding special education, you are encouraged to explore the content found on this website regarding more specific information on evaluation, 18-21 programming, Problem Solving Process (PST), and much more. Should you have further questions, please reach out to the building principal or district office staff.  

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