In accordance with State and Federal regulations, if an English Learner (EL) Student has enrolled for the first time in a U.S. school and has attended for fewer than 12 months, the student may be exempted from the ELA portions of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) and the Connecticut Alternative Assessments (CTAA) Learn more>>
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the law that supports public education for all children in the United States and it is currently up for re-authorization. Re-authorization allows for states to file a request for flexibility under the law and the Connecticut Department of Education has written their request and is asking for comments from the public. Learn more about providing feedback>>
On Wednesday, March 6th, at the Connecticut State Department of Education meeting, an interesting report on school discipline was presented in regards to how schools in Connecticut are supporting all children in public schools. Learn more>>
Recommendations for Legislative Action from the Special Education Working Group of the MORE Commission
In February 2015, the Special Education Working Group of the MORE Commission created recommendations for legislative action for the Connecticut General Assembly that include the IEP, improving services for students with language related disabilities, transition services, parent training and advocacy and several others. Learn more>>
Following federal requirements, Connecticut’s Medicaid program is expanding coverage of services for young people with autism spectrum disorders, however advocates say the proposed rules for that coverage contain so many potential barriers that many children would be unlikely to get treatment. Learn more>>
“Learning From Each Other” is the FY14 annual data report to the Governor and General Assembly about the activities of the CT Birth to Three System. Read the full report>>
Governor Molloy Selects Morna Murray as Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Governor Dannel Malloy announced that he is selecting Morna Murray of Glastonbury to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Learn more>>
Connecticut State Department of Education Announces New Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Special Education
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has appointed a Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Special Education. Earlier this week, Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez was recommended for and accepted the Bureau Chief position. Learn more>>
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- March 25, 2015Together We Will Conference(Cromwell, CT)
- March 25, 2015Finding Your Voice as a Parent(Guilford, CT)
- March 25, 2015Transition to College: The Keys to Success(Cromwell, CT)
- March 25, 2015Your Active Preschooler: Could it be ADHD?(Webinar)
- March 26, 2015Understanding ABLE(Webinar)
- March 28, 2015Kids Dental Fair(Bristol, CT)
- March 30, 2015Steps to Success Toolkit Training(Waterbury, CT)
- March 31, 2015Dyslexia 101(Hartford, CT)
- April 1, 2015The Transition Process: From Birth to Three to Special Education(Waterbury, CT)
- April 2, 2015Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships: Preventing, Resolving, and Moving Beyond Disputes(Webinar)
- April 2, 2015Autism Connecting the Dots(Middletown, CT)
- April 6, 2015Developing the IEP(Plainfield, CT)
- April 19, 2015Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism, Asperger's and Learning Differences for College(New Haven, CT)
- April 30, 2015Special Education: Obtaining Initial & Independent Evaluations(West Hartford, CT)