Special education law refers to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA or IDEIA), and the Colorado Exceptional Children's Education Act (ECEA), including related charter school laws pertaining to special education. CSI aligns its program with the CDE Accountability and State Performance Plan
and provides a manual to provide schools guidance on delivering services to exceptional students.
For more information on Special Education Policies and Procedures, IEPs, SPED Eligibility & Assessment, Mental Health & Behavior, To
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Special Education Policies and Procedures
: CSI offers an "off the shelf" manual to provide schools with guidance on special education processes. Included in this manual are several sample procedures that schools can customize to their program.
Individual Education Plan: The Individuals with
Disability Education Act (IDEA) and the Exceptional Children’s Education
Act (ECEA) govern the IEP process and have established the IEP as the
structure for meeting the educational needs of students with
SPED Eligibility & Assessment: HB
11-1277 made conforming amendments in the Exceptional Children’s
Educational Act to align with federal requirements and/or terminology
used in the field. There are 13 disability categories for school-age
learners and 1 specific to infants and toddlers.
Mental Health & Behavior: The
Colorado Department of Education has developed a guide designed to
assist school personnel, students, and their families in understanding
and accessing mental health services in school and during transition
Onsite Monitoring Process: The
OMP is a transparent and collaborative process CSI uses to monitor
schools’ compliance with the various regulations governing ES programs.
General Information for Staff: As
the Administrative Unit (AU), CSI is committed to providing culturally
relevant and appropriate resources to its member schools to help them
meet the needs of exceptional students.
General Information for Parents: The
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law
concerning the education of students with disabilities, requires schools
to provide parents with a notice containing a full explanation of the
procedural safeguards available under the IDEA.