The Office of Special Education
The Office of Special Education 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 by providing leadership in establishing standards which promote improved outcomes for students with disabilities, as well as by ensuring consistency in the procedures that public agencies implement for meeting compliance with state and federal regulations.
The office provides professional development, technical assistance, coaching, and resources to educators, parents and other stakeholders across the state to improve outcomes for students with disabilities, ages three through 21. The office oversees four Learning Resource Centers (LRCs) strategically placed across the state to provide families of students with disabilities and educational professionals with information, materials, technical assistance, consultation regarding policies, laws and regulations and best practices in special education. The office is engaged in partnerships with state universities and organizations offering school-based professional learning opportunities with a focus on those practices that promote self-advocacy, preparation for postsecondary education and competitive employment, and inclusion of students with disabilities in all school and community environments. The office contributes to the development and analysis of the State Systemic Improvement Plan/Annual Performance Report and produces the State Systemic Improvement Plan required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to measure student outcomes and focus states’ efforts on areas of need. Office staff work with colleagues across the New Jersey Department of Education to ensure the inclusion of students with disabilities in all our initiatives.
Providing educators, families and other stakeholders with the technical assistance, professional learning in evidence-based practices, and access to instructional materials and resources necessary for students with IEPs to achieve the goals established for all New Jersey students.
To empower all educators, families and other stakeholders with the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to ensure that individuals with IEPs graduate into competitive, integrated employment, postsecondary education and active community involvement.
Special Education Quick Links
Access information and knowledge in regards to legal processes and decisions in special education.
Office of Administrative Law on Due Process Hearings
Special Education Due Process Hearing Decisions
Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement: Special Education in State Prisons
Stay Informed on Federal, State and Local Policies (Broadcasts and Memos)
FFY23 Part B Draft Application (March 2023)
List of State-Imposed Special Education Rules, Regulations or Policies (February 2023)
Guidance Regarding the Use of Psychiatric Clearances for Students with Disabilities (February 2023)
Special Education Medicaid Initiative (SEMI) Fiscal Year 2024 Reimbursement Revenue Projections (Feburary 2023)
U.S. Department of Education Guidance Regarding Discipline of Students with Disabilities (January 2023)
Release of 2023-2024 Tentative Tuition Rates and 2021-2022 Independent Auditor Certified Tuition Rates for Approved Private Schools for Students with Disabilities (December 2022)
2022-2023 Reimbursement for Providing Additional or Compensatory Special Education and Related Services to Students with Disabilities Beyond Age 21 (ACSERS) (December 2022)
Dynamic Learning Maps Spring Assessment 1% Justification Form and Tier 1 Universal Technical Assistance for Exceeding the 1% Cap (October 2022)
Preparation for the 2022-2023 Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Year-End (YE) Alternate Assessment for Students with the Most Significant Intellectual Disabilities (October 2022)
P.L. 2021, c.109: Providing Additional or Compensatory Services to Students with Disabilities Beyond Age 21 (April 2022)
|Click here to access the archived list of broadcast and memos.|
Stay current in best practices for positive outcomes for students with disabilities.
Celebrating Autism Awareness Month: Colors of My World
Call for Members for Advisory Panel on Programs Serving 18- to 21-Year-Old Students with Disabilities
Community of Practice for Teachers & Professionals of Preschool Students with Disabilities
Community of Practice for Educators Who Work in Programs for 18-21 Year Olds
New Jersey Partnership for Student Success (NJPSS): Resource Documents for Specialized Populations
Call for Submissions: Innovations in Special Education Award Program
Professional Development Opportunity on Addressing Anxiety and Challenging Behaviors in Preschool and Elementary Students
Office of Special Education's e-Learning Opportunities Dashboard
'Special Education in Action' Newsletter
Highlighting the "Dog Tails" Therapy Program out of Sandyston-Walpack Consolidated School (Sussex County)
Highlighting Community Partnerships at Marie H Katzenbach School for the Deaf to Strengthen Career and Technical Education (CTE) for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Issue 3 (July 2022, Special Edition)
Highlighting Manasquan High School's "Center for Learning and Independence (CLI)" 18-21 Program
Special Edition Feature: Autism Awareness Month Celebrations throughout New Jersey Public Schools
Highlighting "Reimangined Inclusive Outdoor Spaces" in Perth Amboy Public Schools (Middlesex County)
Highlighting "Inclusive Preschool Decision-Making Processes" at Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center in Berkeley Heights (Union County)
Highlighting "Integrated Related Service Providers" at Maude Wilkins Elementary School in Maple Shade (Burlington County) and "Meaningful Learning through Thematic Activities" at the Betty Maddalena Early Learning Center in West Orange (Essex County)
The Teacher's Perspective - Highlighting "The Waldwick Experience: Rejuvenating Collaborative Teaching" (Bergen County)