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.

  • 2020-21 Planning Guidance: Special Education Due Process - 7/2/20
    Responses based on federal guidance to date
  •  - 6/22/20
  •  - 6/9/20
    Questions and answers regarding special education instruction, services and programming
  •  - 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.
  •  - 3/25/20
    Direct access, best practices and where to go for more information.
  • 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
  • Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS) Budget Process  - 1/7/20
  • 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
  • Adult Application for Participation in Literacy in Disabilities Camp 2019 - 11/27/18
    Submit by February 8, 2019, for this Level 1 literacy camp in Annandale, Minnesota June 15-21, 2019. Receive unique instruction in strategies to support struggling readers and apply the instruction immediately with student campers.
  •  - 9/24/18
    Mission, vision, guiding principles and values
  •  - 8/28/17
    Hyperlinked list of acronyms used in special education.