The office has a responsibility, under federal statute and regulations, to operate a system of general supervision that monitors the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) by local education agencies (LEAs). The system is accountable for enforcing the requirements and for ensuring continuous improvement. The office supports the mission of the Department and the Vision of the Division by providing leadership in establishing standards which promote improved outcomes for students with disabilities as well as consistency in the procedures public agencies implement for meeting compliance with state and federal regulations. To accomplish the mission above, the OSEP will continue to oversee the following functions: monitoring, dispute resolution, complaint investigations, state and federal IDEA Part B grant applications and oversight, approvals of Approved Private Schools for Students with Disabilities, clinics, agencies and community transition programs, development policy, guidance, and administrative code, and SEMI. The office also develops the State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report in collaboration with NJOTSSS.
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), Office of Special Education Professional Development provides professional development, technical assistance, resources, and instructional materials to teachers, administrators, staff, and parents across the State. In addition, the Office provides support to districts seeking to implement the New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS) or to enhance multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) that are already in place through the reinforcement of the frameworks' essential components, including but not limited to, building capacity in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS). In representing the needs of students receiving special education services, the Office plans and implements professional development activities in areas related to providing the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), planning the transition of students with disabilities from school to adulthood, implementing high quality services for preschool and school-age children with disabilities, developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and accessing individual rights and entitlements. The Office also funds four Learning Resource Centers (LRCs) strategically placed across the state that provide families of students with disabilities and educational professionals who serve them with information, materials circulation, technical assistance, consultation and production services.