Special Education Administration
District and school administrators will find information in this section related to the administration of special education in schools.

The Division of Compliance and Assistance oversees the implementation of certain state and federal education laws and resources to assist school districts and parents in complying with these laws. Visit the Compliance and Assistance page for alternative dispute resolution, due process, procedural safeguards, restrictive procedures, as well as special education complaints and hearing.

State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) State Performance Plan evaluates the state's efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA 04). If you have questions about the Plan or related Annual Performance Report, please contact Carolyn Cherry at carolyn.cherry@state.mn.us or 651-582-8509.

The 2013-2018 Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) sets targets in the state's efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of IDEA 04. The 2013 Part B Annual Performance Report (APR) presents an analysis of Minnesota's performance on key special education indicators for 2013-2014 as a part of IDEA 04 under Part B (students with disabilities ages 3 to 21). Minnesota’s most recent Part B SPP/APR along with other relevant documents may be found on the Office of Special Education Program’s (OSEP) GRADS360° website.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
PBIS is a state-initiated project that provides districts and individual schools throughout Minnesota with the necessary training and technical support to promote improvement in student behavior across the entire school, especially for students with challenging social behaviors. It establishes clearly defined outcomes that relate to students’ academic and social behavior, systems that support staff efforts, practices that support student success, and data to guide decision-making.

Read how more than 300 Minnesota schools are getting great results using PBIS.

  • Special Education Primer for Charter Schools - 7/15/14
    The regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) specifically includes charter schools. The easy to read question and answer format of the primer provides charter school authorizers and directors with quick access to information on the provision of special education and related services in charter schools.
  • Complaint Form - 3/6/14
    Optional form for submitting a special education complaint.
  • Special Education Division Foundation Statements - 1/23/14  pdf iconPDF 
    Mission, vision, guiding principles and values