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Special Education Compliance & Improvement Monitoring


The Bureau of Special Education has developed a two-part process for the monitoring of Individualized Education Program (IEP) compliance,which begins with school district staff being trained to complete a self-assessment of their students' IEPs for compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Bureau feels the best way to ensure compliance is to increase school district staff's knowledge and understanding of the federal, state and local statutes, rules and regulations that relate to the development and implementation of students' IEPs to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities. The second part of the IEP compliance review process involves Bureau staff conducting an on-site file review of school districts' identified evidence for student IEPs to verify that compliance has been met.

The intent of the self-assessment is:

  1. To determine compliance with IDEA;
  2. For school personnel to gain a deeper understanding of the New Hampshire Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities along with the responsibilities associated with special education; and
  3. To provide information for the district to improve its special education policies, procedures, and practices.

Special Education Compliance Monitoring Reports 2013 to present

Through the Special Education Compliance & Improvement Monitoring (CIM) review, one method that the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE), Bureau of Special Education (Bureau) utilizes to implement the general supervision system; the Bureau identifies and supports correction of noncompliance, consistent with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Memo 09-02. Districts are provided written notification of their findings of noncompliance with corrective actions through the Special Education Compliance & Improvement Monitoring Review Report. The report also indicates recommended preventive actions by the Bureau. The Bureau identifies recommended preventive actions and potential remedies to these practices. Whereas these practices do not rise to the standard of noncompliance, and therefore require no corrective actions, the Bureau believes that the practices are noteworthy to be addressed.


The Bureau has compiled a list of the noncompliant practices and a list of the recommended preventive actions from the 2017-2018 Special Education Compliance & Improvement Monitoring (CIM) Reports. These lists have been created to help districts identify and rectify any practices that may be found as noncompliant or may become noncompliant in order to assist in preparing for Compliance & Improvement Monitoring visits and to assist districts in determining professional development needs based on an internal review and comparison with the data.


In addition, the Bureau is providing the Self-Assessment Compliance Comparison Chart 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 for review of trend data.

District Selection for Special Education Compliance & Improvement Monitoring

The District Selection Process for Compliance & Improvement Monitoring utilizes a multi-data approach rather than a single measurement tool for selection as described in FY'15 Memo #18. The District Selection Rubric outlines each data collection component and its corresponding point value. The point system is designed to determine whether school districts are meeting requirements aligned with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

2018-2019 Special Education Compliance & Improvement Monitoring
(all Word documents are in fillable format)

2017-2018 Special Education Compliance & Improvement Monitoring
(all Word documents are in fillable format)

2016-2017 Special Education Compliance & Improvement Monitoring

2015-2016 Special Education Compliance & Improvement Monitoring

2014-2015 Special Education Compliance & Improvement Monitoring

2013-2014 Special Education Compliance Monitoring

2012-2013 Special Education Compliance Monitoring

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