Family Resources

The following resources are intended to help families make decisions about special education services for students who have disabilities and who are eligible for special education services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Understanding Special Education

Family Rights in Special Education

Under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 and Agency of Education's Special Education rules, parents have specific rights concerning their participation in the special education process.

Dispute Resolution

Parents 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 have three options available for resolving disputes with the school. 

Alternate Assessments

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.

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Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

(802) 479-1030 | aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov
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