OSEP Letters

The Office of Special Education Policy Letters are reproductions of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education letters issued since June 4, 1997. PaTTAN has organized the letters and archived them for access in a searchable format. Use the search form to locate appropriate OSEP letters.

In some instances, "blank" areas are due to redacted information, for example "names".

The U.S. Department of Education website location for letters issued since July 2000, is http://www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/index.html.

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  • Recipient



    education records; review education records; parents' rights; parent


    September 23, 2016

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  • Zirkel

    Expedited Due Process Hearing; RtI; Integrity; Non Compliance; Timelines; Hearing Officers Decisions
    August 22, 2016
  • Dear Colleague

    Online Instruction; Internet Based Instruction; Virtual Schools
    August 5, 2016
  • Eig

    Due Process Hearings; Open hearing; Invitation
    August 4, 2016
  • Dear Colleague

    Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports; Behavior; IEP; Disciplinary removal from school; Out of School Suspension; Exclusionary disciplinary measures; short term disciplinary removals
    August 1, 2016
  • Dear Colleague

    Nursing homes; Children with disabilities residing in Nursing Homes; child find; FAPE; Related services; IEP; LRE; Procedural Safeguards
    April 26, 2016
  • Unnerstall

    dyslexia; dyscalculia; dysgraphia; evaluation; eligibility; SLD; specific learning disability; IEE; Independent Educational Evaluation; diagnosis
    April 25, 2016
  • Anonymous

    IEP development; IEP implementation; educational program; educational placement; timelines; due process; redaction; physicians prescription; related service; personally identifiable information; confidentiality
    March 3, 2016
  • Andel

    parent participation; IEP meeting attendance; IEP meeting; IEP team members; parent rights
    February 17, 2016
  • Copenhaver

    advisory panel membership; advisory panel; state educational agency; SEA
    February 9, 2016