Special Education

Students in special education both have a disability and are in need of specialized instruction. A comprehensive evaluation, conducted by a team from the public school, evaluates and identifies these students. For every student who needs special education services, the team develops a special document called an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

The IEP outlines the unique needs of the student and the specialized goals and objectives that will help the student make educational progress. Parents are a critical partner in every phase of identifying a student for special education and in establishing the IEP.

The information in this section guides parents and educators through the special education process. Here you will find resources and programs for helping students who may not be able to do some things children of the same age can do, including information on IEPs and other tools, bullying, parental rights, resolving disagreements between parents and educators, program monitoring and supports for both special and general education students.

This page is a place for you to begin. The documents here may include links to other sections of our website related to special education in Minnesota.

District and school staff, find special education administration, compliance and resources here: Districts, Schools and Educators > Special Education.
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    Compilation of parental rights topics with links to relevant state statutes and rules.