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Source: What's New at OSEP - January 24, 2005
Correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the Third Quarter of CY 2004 that describes the interpretations of IDEA or the regulations that implement IDEA are now available online. Some documents have been redacted. Go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2004-3/index.html.
Source: EDInfo@listserv.ed.gov - January 27, 2005
To see the complete schedule of public meetings to seek input and suggestions for developing regulations based on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, to be held between now and the end of February 2005, please go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/idea/public-meetings.html.
Source: What's New at OSEP - January 27, 2005
As part of the implementation of OSEP's four-part accountability strategy (Systems Verification, High Risk, Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring and Intervention), OSEP began conducting visits to States and entities in 2003 to verify the effectiveness and accuracy of States' general supervision, assessment and data collection systems (Systems Verification). OSEP is issuing letters to each of the States visited to inform them of the review results. In each State, OSEP reviewed both the Part B and Part C systems. OSEP's Part B verification visit letters are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/fund/data/report/idea/partbvvltr/index.html. Additional responses will be included on the Web as they are issued.
Source: NGA News - January 25, 2005
The National Governors Association (NGA) today released Building the Foundation for Bright Futures: Final Report of the NGA Task Force on School Readiness, to assist governors and other state policymakers in implementing intervention policies and strategies that will support early childhood programs in their states. As a companion piece to the task force's final report, the NGA Center for Best Practices also released Building the Foundation for Bright Futures: A Governor's Guide to School Readiness today. The governor's guide ties the state policy recommendations of the task force to concrete examples of state initiatives, examples and best practices to promote school readiness.
Task Force on School Readiness: Final Report
Governor's Guide to School Readiness