Heartland AEA is responsible for providing general supervision of special education in accord with 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.
The agency submits an annual special education state performance plan which has been developed and is continuously implemented. Its focus is on improving the educational results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities. Implementation of the plan is monitored directly and frequently using formative assessment procedures when possible. Progress monitoring data are used to identify professional development needs for Heartland staff and for districts.
Heartland AEA investigates reports of non-compliance and makes recommendations for correcting non-compliance issues. The agency also oversees special education complaints and requests for due process hearings.
For more information or questions, contact the regional director that serves your school district.