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Special Education staff within ODE has the primary responsibility for assuring that young children and students with disabilities receive an appropriate education program in the least restrictive environment.  This happens through collaboration with families, districts, agencies, and programs to ensure quality services.  Our website is a resource to parents, teachers and administrators and provides access to available information, documents and guidelines.

HB 3412 Task Force on Assessments of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The goal of the task force will be to analyze and recommend a framework for assessing deaf and hard of hearing children to determine the children’s competencies in language and literacy skills for the purpose of ensuring the children are able to successfully access the kindergarten curriculum in an equitable manner.  Contact  Sharla Jones @
Meetings will be held at the State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, Oregon.

Report for HB 3412 Task Force

Oregon Statewide Transition Conference

March 1-2, 2018

Marriott Portland, OR

More information

3rd Annual OSHA Rural Conference

Friday, March 2, 2018


After two successful Spring conferences, OSHA is sponsoring a third one-day CE Event. Just like the last two years, the event will be live in Pendleton, and live-streamed to participating districts throughout Oregon and Southern Washington. More information


Save the Date!

ODE/COSA Special Education Administrators Annual Fall Conference
Eugene Hilton Conference Center, Eugene, Oregon
Pre-conference Seminars:
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
General Conference Sessions: 
Thursday & Friday, October 4 & 5, 2018

Dispute Resolution Committee Recruitment

The DRC has an opening for a new member. We are taking applications for a School District Superintendent, Principal, or ESD Superintendent. The committee will approve the new appointee after applications have been accepted. Applications will be reviewed at the next DRC meeting in January.
If you qualify as a Superintendent or Principal, please apply by completing the application.
Please submit completed application no later than April 1, 2018 to Jan Burgoyne, Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97310 or fax to Jan Burgoyne at 503-378-5156.

Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education

The Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Unit contracts with local agencies to provide a statewide system of free services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.  Resources available include:

Education Programs and Secondary Transition

The Education Programs section in the Student Services Unit manages several of the state-supported systems that provide direct services to Oregon's programs, districts, and schools.  Resources available include:

Special Education General Supervision

This section manages general supervision statewide of the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004).  Resources include:

IDEA Compliance and District Resources

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) web pages offer information relevant to state administration, dispute resolution and complaint management, technical assistance, leadership services, and IDEA grant management.

Regional Programs/Best Practices

These services are state-supported programs serving toddlers, children and youth who require unique and individualized special education and regular education programs. Information on these webpages includes:

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