The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is initiating a review of key components of Title 5-E, Chapter 30 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), the local regulation that governs special education practice in the District of Columbia, with the intention of revising identified key components. In addition, input from the process will be used to inform the development of a new five-year strategic State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) for Special Education.
As part of the regulatory review process, the Division of Specialized Education (DSE) will be releasing surveys and holding topic-specific focus groups on key content area “clusters” to inform the work:
- Transfer of Educational Rights
- Child Find, Evaluation, & Eligibility Determination
- Specialized Instruction & Caseload/Class Size
- Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) & Discipline Procedural Safeguards
- Graduation Pathways, Secondary Transition, & IEP Certificate of Completion
A high-level overview of the initiative’s calendar of events and the OSSE content area review process can be found at: DC Municipal Regulations (DCMR) Title 5-E, Chapter 30: Special Education Review Schedule. The third content area, Specialized Instruction & Caseload/Class Size, is being reviewed in August and September.
OSSE is collaborating with the State Advisory Panel (SAP) to coordinate parent/community focus groups for each content area. The parent/community focus group for this topic area will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, Large Meeting Room, from 6pm – 7:30pm. The library is located at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. To participate in the parent/community focus group, please register below by no later than September 2: