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Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq., requires that each state and the District of Columbia establish and maintain procedures to ensure that parents of children with disabilities and public educational agencies have an opportunity to seek an impartial due process hearing to resolve disagreements over the identification, evaluation, educational placement of a child with disabilities, or the provision of a free appropriate public education to the child. The Office of Dispute Resolution within the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is responsible for the conduct of special education due process hearings.

ODR Updated Guidance for Remote and In-Person Proceedings (Updated 8/16/2021)

ODR COVID-19 Guidance (Updated: 6/30/2020)

For Parents and Students

Alternative Dispute Resolution Services

Due Process Hearing

Forms and One-Pagers

Frequently Asked Questions

Hearing Officer Determinations


Cadre of Hearing Officers and Mediators

Service Contact: 
Office of Dispute Resolution
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 698-3819
Contact Fax: 
(202) 478-2956
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
Third Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Service Location: 

1050 First Street, NE

GIS Address: 
1050 First Street, NE