Special Education

New Special Education Regulations: On December 19, 2005, the state published its draft revisions to the New Jersey Administrative Code special education regulations. There are numerous changes to the State Code that will affect children with disabilities and famillies. Some of the key changes by the Department of Education are addressed. | PDF

Synopsis on Special Education Regulations: In June 2005, New Jersey’s Office of Special Education Programs sent out a guidance for Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA). The guidance is intended to inform school districts and interested parties of the provisions of IDEA 2004 that the New Jersey Department of Education has determined supersede state regulation, or for which there is no state regulation and, therefore, becomes effective in New Jersey on July 1, 2005. In some areas, State regulations confer rights that are consistent with, or in excess of IDEA 2004. The State believes that in these areas, state regulations remain applicable. | PDF

IDEA Reauthorization 2004 Signed into Law: An analysis of the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004. The IDEA is the primary federal law concerning special education. (Updated December 10, 2004) | PDF

Alternate Proficiency Assessment: A fact sheet on the Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA). The APA is used to measure the achievement of students with significant disabilities who cannot complete the types of items on the general statewide assessment for their grade. (October 22, 2003) | PDF

No Child Left Behind: Adequate Yearly Progress: A fact sheet detailing the provisions in the No Child Left Behind act that requires public schools to meet “adequate yearly progress” in reading, math, and science by 2007-2008. (October 22, 2003) | PDF

No Child Left Behind: Highly Qualified Teacher: A fact sheet detailing the provisions in the No Child Left Behind act that require all public school teachers be or become highly qualified in the core academic content areas they teach. (October 22, 2003) | PDF