The following resources are for educators and administrators working with students who have disabilities and who are eligible for special education services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Instructional Information
- Forms for Special Education
- Severe Learning Discrepancy
- Dispute Resolution
- Alternate Assessments
- Secondary Transition Planning
Historically determining whether a disability has an adverse effect on the child’s educational performance has been inconsistent and confusing to special education staff throughout the state. Criteria were developed through a collaboration of stakeholders, and these training materials represent those guidelines.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Training Materials
- Chart of Measures
- Training Materials are available as a PowerPoint presentation. To request these materials please email Tonya Rutkowski, or call (802) 479-1245.
- Adapted Physical Education Frequently Asked Questions
- English Language Learners in Vermont: Distinguishing Language Difference from Disability - A Resource Guide
Programs that opt to use these special education forms will be evaluating children age three through 21 years of age to determine their eligibility for special education services. Users will also use the individualized education program (IEP) form to develop a document of appropriate services, if the child is eligible. Email Ernie Wheeler or call (802) 479-1252 to request an alternative version of these forms.
The severe learning discrepancy software is to be used by Evaluation Planning Teams to determine whether the cognitive and achievement test scores for students suspected of having a specific learning disability meet the regulatory requirement of a 1.5 standard deviation gap between expected achievement levels and actual achievement levels. If you have additional questions regarding the software, please contact Ernie Wheeler at (802) 479-1252.
You may provide information to the family of a student receiving special education services who disagree with decisions made by the school regarding a student's identification, eligibility, evaluation, Individualized Education Program (IEP) or placement regarding the three options available for resolving disputes with the school.
All publicly funded students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 in Vermont schools must take state assessments. While most students participate in the general statewide assessments with no accommodations, a small percentage of students take the general assessment using approved accommodations when necessary. An even smaller number of students (approximately 500) participate in the assessment accountability system using an alternate assessment. The alternate assessment allows students with significant cognitive disabilities (SWSD) to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on core academic content and for their performance scores to be included in school accountability.
- Memo: Students Receiving Special Education in the High School Completion Program
This memo contains guidance for educators when they have a student who is on an IEP and would like to access the high school completion program..
- Vermont Family Network
- Nine East Network
- Special Olympics Vermont
- Vermont Assistive Technology Program
- Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI)
- Vermont Association of the Deaf
- Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA)
- Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (VFF)
- Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VT-HEC)
- Vermont I-Team