Special Education

District and school administrators will find information in this section related to the administration of special education in schools.

The Division of Compliance and Assistance oversees the implementation of certain state and federal education laws and resources to assist school districts and parents in complying with these laws. Information on these topics have been incorporated into this section, for your convenience.

Minnesota's Olmstead Plan

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan is a broad series of key activities our state must accomplish to ensure people with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting. The plan will help achieve a better Minnesota because it will help Minnesotans with disabilities have better opportunities. Learn more about Minnesota's Olmstead Plan.

  •  - 9/24/20
  •  - 9/16/20
    Note: MDE has received several questions and requests for clarification regarding this guidance. Staff are reviewing these questions and we will be updating the guidance with more information soon.
  •  - 8/26/20
  •  - 8/25/20
    Questions and answers regarding special education instruction, services and programming
  • Special Education Staff Assigned to Other Work Areas - 8/24/20
    Fiscal procedures, maintenance of effort (MOE), new codes and implications for Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS)
  • 2020-21 Planning Guidance: Special Education Due Process - 7/2/20
    Responses based on federal guidance to date
  •  - 6/22/20
  •  - 6/2/20
    Responses based on federal guidance to date
  •  - 5/21/20
  •  - 5/11/20
    Clarifies federal grants management requirements for education activities.
  •  - 4/23/20
  •  - 3/31/20
    State and federal funding changes for the distance learning period, examples, reporting
  •  - 3/25/20
    Legal requirements and factors to consider.
  • Distance Learning Considerations for Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Children with Disabilities - 3/19/20
    with activity matrix grid
  •  - 3/19/20
    Questions and answers regarding Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Part C and Part B/619 identification, evaluation and provision of services
  • Inclusive Schools Week 2019 - 11/26/19
    Governor Walz's proclamation of December 2-9, 2019 as Inclusive Schools Week in Minnesota
  •  - 9/26/19
    overviews, data, goals and contacts for division programs
  • Special Education Fact Sheet - 8/27/19
    Special Education Division foundation statements, outcome data, goals and service eligibility
  • Minnesota Low Incidence Projects memo - 4/29/19
    memo to schools regarding low incidence projects - effective April 2019
  •  - 9/24/18
    Mission, vision, guiding principles and values
  •  - 8/28/17
    Hyperlinked list of acronyms used in special education.