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Office of Special Education
About the Office of Special Education
This office administers both the state's Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with disabilities. This website is a resource for teachers, administrators, and parents of students with exceptional educational needs due to disability, or learners who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse or have some other special need. The Office of Special Education is one of three offices within the Exceptional Student Services Unit (along with the Office of Facility Schools and the Office of Gifted Education).
Update your Special Education Director and Fiscal Contact
It is critical that ESSU has current contact information for all Special Education Directors and Special Education Fiscal Contacts, please submit your information at the link below. In order to be included in the listserv you must complete this form annually.
ASD Literacy Institute, Tier 1
This statewide institute will be conducted by nationally recognized experts on literacy and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and will focus on a balanced approach to literacy including instruction in phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing. Learn more!
CSDB Report - Program Review for the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Read the independent program review team’s CSDB report - a report of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (PDF).
Read the Notice of Change in Reporting Requirements and CDE Guidance for Measuring Indicator 13 Compliance.
Revised Specific Learning Disability Guidelines
The newly revised guidelines provide specific guidance in the implementation of the eligibility criteria and identification process for identifying students with Specific Learning Disabilities in Colorado (PDF).
Ways to Search this Site
- You can use the Google Search box (only searches CDE) at the top right side of the webpage and type in what you are looking for.
- You can use our Topic Index - alphabetical list of topics for the Office of Special Education.
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If you have problems with broken links or accessing the content on this page, please contact our web content coordinator Amanda Timmerman at Timmerman_A@cde.state.co.us. Please copy the URL link for this page into the email when referencing the problem you are experiencing.