Based upon direction from the Minnesota Legislature, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Division of Compliance and Assistance, convened a work group to review our current special education forms to determine whether revisions were necessary to accommodate individual form users, especially those who may have a reading disability. The work group included reading specialists from the Division of Special Education, Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness, and a reading specialist from the University of Minnesota. Based upon multiple opportunities for parental feedback, the Compliance and Assistance Division revised the due process forms for prior written notice, consent and objection and special education evaluations. These revised documents include templates, guidance documents and sample documents designed to assist districts in drafting due process forms and evaluation reports that are more easily understand by individuals who may have a reading disability.
By providing due process forms that follow federal and state laws and regulations, the Compliance and Assistance Division assists school districts meet the requirements. These forms include information on parents' and students' rights and due process options, communicate with parents, track a student’s progress, and create and maintain Individualized Education Programs (IEP). MDE forms are available for school districts to use; however, school districts may develop their own forms. Forms that have translated versions are listed below.
Please note: Several forms are in Word 2010 format. If you have an older version of Word, save forms to your computer and then open from that location.
Due Process forms to Assist School Districts Comply with Federal and State Regulations