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Program Supports to Schools

The Iowa Department of Education, in conjunction with the AEAs, has general supervision responsibilities and is required to monitor schools and districts on their compliance with state and federal special education laws. Heartland AEA assists schools in complying with those laws and meeting the needs of students with disabilities or those on individual education plans (IEPs).

Alternate test options for students with disabilities who are unable to take standardized exams.

System where students who are eligible for special education services are identified, located, evaluated and provided with needed services.

Commonly known as home schooling, competent private instruction is provided to a child in Iowa in a setting other than a public school district or accredited nonpublic school.

Protecting personally identifiable information of students receiving special education services.

Assistance for students who have not been identified as needing special education services, but who need additional academic and/or behavioral assistance to enable them to be successful in a general education environment. 

Parents ability to give and revoke consent of special education services.

The administration of appropriate disciplinary procedures for students with disabilities.

Over-representation of minority students identified with a learning disability or other type of disability under the IDEA. When a minority group's numbers in special education are statistically higher than they should be, they are considered disproportionate.

All districts are required to develop a District Developed Service Delivery Plan for Special Education services.

Early childhood special education services for children, three to five years of age and their families

Special education and related services provided to students qualified for special education outside of the normal school year.

Providing general supervision of special education under the requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Iowa Administrative Rules of Special Education (IAC Chapter 41) and Iowa Code Chapter 256B.

Guarantee that every student on an individualized education plan has access to a highly qualified teacher.

Circumstances where a student’s medical condition warrants the need for services to be available outside a school setting.

Documents that describe the education services that a student qualified for special education will receive.

Information, resources and services that create safe environments where students can learn.

Safeguards designed to protect the rights of children with disabilities and their parents.

Services to facilitate high school students with disabilities from secondary special education to meaningful, quality adult life activities.

A federal civil rights law that protects the rights of people with qualifying disabilities.

A report by the Iowa Department of Education on the State's performance on specific special education indicators provide information about student performance as well as area education agency and district compliance.

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