Changes to IEP Page 9, State and District Testing and Accommodations

On April 28, 2017, then Interim Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez, issued a memorandum to Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services regarding changes to the Individualized Education Program Page 9, STATE AND DISTRICT TESTING AND ACCOMMODATIONS.

The memorandum as well as the updated information related to IEP Page 9 (i.e., PDF and DOC forms as well as the IEP Manual revision) may be found at each of these links.

Memorandum to the Field – Changes to IEP Page 9 – 4.28.2017

IEP Manual Pg 9 Rev. 5-1-17

IEP Page 9 – State and District Testing Accommodations Rev. 4-28-2017  (DOC)

IEP Page 9 – State and District Testing Accommodations Rev. 4-28-2017 (PDF)

This information will be posted to the CSDE, BSE Web page under PPT Process and IEP Forms (http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=322680) later this week. 

Guidance Regarding the Role of Paraprofessionals in IEPs and at PPTs

On November 27, 2015, Isabelina Rodriguez, Chief of the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education issued a memorandum to Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services. This memorandum served as further guidance for school districts regarding the June 2015 agreement between the CSDE and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) which clarifies the role of Paraprofessionals in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.

To review the complete memorandum, please follow the link below.

Role of Paraprofessionals in IEPs memorandum 11-27-15

Updates to the Connecticut Individualized Education Program (IEP) Form

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE) recently issued guidance via e-mail distribution to directors of special education and pupil services.  The guidance issued by Dr. Patricia Anderson, consultant with the BSE, was specific to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) form and related documents.  The same information provided to directors has also been sent to vendors of electronic IEPs. The e-mail distributed to directors of special education and pupil services as well as IEP vendors is provided along with related IEP pages. Related documents  can be accessed by clicking the links below.  Please review the information carefully.

Access guidance e-mail and updated documents here:

Email guidance of updates to the Connecticut Individualized Education Program

IEP 2014-15 Page 1 10-1-14 R2 (MS Word Doc.)

IEP 2014-15 Page 1 10-1-14 R2 (PDF)

IEP 2014-15 Page 12 9-29-14 (MS Word Doc.)

IEP 2014-15 Page 12 9-29-14 (PDF)

ED625 -Consent Initial Eval 10-1-14 (MS Word Doc.)

ED626 -Consent Initial Provision Spec.Educ. 10-1-14 (MS Word Doc.)

ED627 -Consent ReEval 10-1-14 (MS Word Doc.)

 

IEP/Smarter Balanced and Connecticut Alternate Assessment Updates

On May 22, 2014, a follow up to the May 12, 2014, e-mail regarding the revised Individualized Education Program (IEP) page 9 and the 2015 Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Test Supports/Accommodations Form was forwarded to Connecticut directors of special education and pupil personnel services from Dr. Patricia Anderson, education consultant in the Bureau of Special Education.

The following is the content of that e-mail:

Directors of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services:

This follow up e-mail to the May 12 e-mail dissemination of page 9 of the IEP (ED620) and the IEP Manual guidance is to let you know that the following documents have been updated with this new information and posted on the CSDE Web site under PPT Process and IEP Forms as follows:

IEP Forms

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Forms

  • Revised 5/2014: IEP Manual and SDE Forms  [PDF] [DOC] ***
  • Revised 5/2014: IEP Page 9 (ED620) [PDF], [DOC], Smarter Balanced Test Supports/Accommodations Form [PDF]

SDE Forms

IEP Forms***             ED620   [PDF] [DOC] Revised 5/21/14

***PLEASE NOTE: In ED620 – the primary change was made to page 9 – State and District Testing and Accommodations. HOWEVER – slight modifications were made to update two other IEP pages to reflect the change from CMT/CAPT to Smarter Balanced and CT Alternate Assessments:

  • Page 4 in the top header of the Present Levels of Performance page; AND
  • Page 7 – #8 under Evaluation Procedures

Student Assessment is sending out the following Updates for Special Populations this week in the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) Weekly Update regarding a slightly modified version of the Smarter Balanced Test Supports/Accommodations Form (latest version is dated 5-22-14); page 2 of the Accommodations Form now contains the Supports/Accommodations Quick Guide (dated 5-21-14), which is a brief description of all the supports and accommodations available on all statewide assessments; and some additional tools. All of these documents are posted on the Student Assessment Web site and will be on the Smarter Balanced Assessments Resources section of the Bureau of Special Education’s Web site next week.

Updates for Special Populations

In preparation for the 2014-2015 school year, various documents have been created for special populations. They include:

If you have any questions, please contact CSDE staff as follows:

Student Assessment/Accommodations Questions:

Joe Amenta                        (860-713-6855)  joseph.amenta@ct.gov

Janet Stuck                         (860-713-6837)  janet.stuck@ct.gov 

IEP Questions:

Patricia Anderson              (860-713-6923)  patricia.anderson@ct.gov

Gail Mangs                        (860-713-6938)  gail.mangs@ct.gov

IEP Forms and Manual Updates Effective March 1, 2013

On February 21, 2013, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE), issued a memo to Directors of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services regarding updates to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) forms and manual.  Those updates are available on the CSDE, BSE Web site (http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=322680). All IEP vendors were provided with updated forms in January and the final manual changes in February in preparation for this change.

The revised IEP must be in use as of March 1, 2013.  Changes have been made to pages 1, 2, 10 and 12 of the IEP with explanation set forth on the corresponding pages of the Manual. There is also additional information in the Manual on pages 10 (regarding page 6 of the IEP) and 28 (for page 11 of the IEP). Finally, the sections of the Manual that relate to data collection for children ages 3-5 (i.e., IEP pages 2, 12 and the Manual Addendum) have been updated to align with the instructions in the most recent SEDAC Manual.

The Language and Communication Plan (ED638), which has been a required worksheet since July 1, 2012, for students identified as deaf or hard of hearing, is now in the IEP Manual as well as on the SDE Forms Chart on our Web site.  In addition, revised copies of the following forms have also been included: Notice of Planning and Placement Team Meeting (ED623 – updated 4/2011) and the Summary of Performance (ED635 – updated 9/2011).

Please note that to assist you in navigating these revised documents, the sections of the Manual that have been added or changed are highlighted within the document.  A highlighted version of the IEP is also available above the SDE Forms Chart on our Web site.

If you still have questions after a thorough review of the IEP revisions and the explanations set forth in the Manual, please contact either Patricia Anderson at 860-713-6923/patricia.anderson@ct.gov, Colleen Hayles at 860-713-6922/colleen.hayles@ct.gov (regarding the Language and Communication Plan) or Gail Mangs at 860-713-6938/ gail.mangs@ct.gov.

You Can Search Topics from Past Bureau Bulletins, Bureau Blogs and Bureau Updates!

The Bureau of Special Education currently offers several resources to assist you in searching for topics discussed in past Bureau Bulletin articles, Bureau Blogs and Bureau Updates.

For topics appearing in articles from Fall 2011 through the present, please use the search feature located at the top of the current Bureau Bulletin home page: https://ctspecialednews.org/

For topics appearing in articles from Spring 2010 through Fall 2011, please use the following directory which will bring you to the edition of the bulletin in which an article with your topic appears: Bureau Bulletin Article Directory Spring 2010-Fall 2011

For topics in articles from Summer 2008 through Spring 2010, please use the following directory which, again, will bring you to the edition of the bulletin in which an article with your topic appears: Bureau Bulletin Article Directory Summer 2008-Spring 2010

You may also access past editions of Bureau Blogs and Bureau Updates from September 1996 up to Summer 2008 through the Bureau of Special Education Web page: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2678&q=320720

It is our hope to bring each of these resources together under one easily searchable index in the future. In the meantime, we hope these resources will assist you in your research. For questions related to this article, please contact Jay Brown at 860-713-6918 or jay.brown@ct.gov.

Aligning Student Success Plans with IEPs and other Specialized Plans

The Bureau of Special Education has recently released guidance on the alignment of Student Success Plans (SSPs) with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Summary of Performance (SOPs), Section 504 Plans, and Individualized Healthcare Plans.

This information will be posted to the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education Web page (http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2678&Q=320730) in the near future. In the meantime, please access the links below to review the guidance document and a Power Point presentation. For more information related to this topic, please contact Dr. Patricia Anderson at 860-713-6923 or patricia.anderson@ct.gov.

Aligning Student Success Plans and other Specialized Plans 3-5-12

Aligning Student Success Plans and other Specialized Plans (Power Point)