Exceptional Student Education
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.
The mission of exceptional student education in Florida, a committed alliance for the development of the unique gifts of each exceptional person, is to ensure the achievement of each and every individual's extraordinary purpose by expanding opportunities through collaboration of families, professionals, and communities who guarantee the highest expectations and individual success.
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Topics of Special Interest
- Annual State Application for IDEA, Part B - FFY 2017 (PDF): In order to receive a grant under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), states must submit an application annually. The public participation requirements relevant to Part B are set forth in the Part B regulations at 34 CFR 300.165 and in section 441(b)(7) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA). States are required to make the Part B Application available to the public for a period of 60 days, and accept comments for a period of at least 30 days. Florida’s Part B Application will be available to the public from March 3, 2017 through May 2, 2017. Comments will be accepted between March 3, 2017, and April 2, 2017. Comments may be submitted in writing to the IDEA Program Manager, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 614, Tallahassee, Florida 32399; via email to the IDEA grant mailbox IDEAGrant@fldoe.org or via fax at 850-245-0953.
- Updated! Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules (Red book) - Hyperlinked Index
Updated! 2017 Matrix of Services Handbook (PDF) is now available and online on the FDOE website. Providing professional development on completing the Matrix is a priority of your local FDLRS Associate Center in either face-to-face or online formats. For information on available in-person training, please contact your local FDLRS Center by using the “locate a center” feature in the top left corner of the www.fdlrs.org website. For online instruction in the Matrix, please visit www.fl-pda.org and look under the “Facilitated Modules” section to determine available courses. The FDLRS PDA Online Module is facilitated by an approved Matrix Trainer.
- Facilitated IEP Video for Parents: This exciting new video (available in English with subtitles and Spanish with subtitles) introduces the Facilitated IEP process to parents in order to encourage IEP team resolution.
- Parent Guide to Multi-Tiered System of Supports (PDF)
- Parent Information for Students Receiving Intensive Interventions (PDF)
- A Blueprint for Tier 3 Implementation: A Results-Driven System for Supporting Students with Serious Problem Behaviors (PDF)
- FFY 2015 Part B State Performance Plan (SPP)/ Annual Performance Report (APR) (PDF)
- Accommodations for Florida’s Statewide Student Assessments (PDF)
- Annual State Application for IDEA, Part B - FY 2015 (PDF)
- Senate Bill 850 and Educational Services in Juvenile Justice Programs
- Procedural Safeguards
- DPS: 2103-105: 2013 Legislation - Senate Bill 1108 (PDF)
- IDEA 2004
- Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 231 / Monday, December 1, 2008 / Rules and Regulations (PDF)