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Special Education

Special Education is charged with providing oversight and implementation of federal and state laws that ensure a free appropriate public education for all children and youth with disabilities in New Hampshire. Given this charge, the Mission of the Special Education is to improve educational outcomes for children and youth with disabilities by providing and promoting leadership, technical assistance and collaboration statewide.

The Bureau carries out its mission by

  • Guiding the continuous improvement and monitoring of special education and related services;
  • Supporting effective strategies and specialized support(s) for preschool age children with disabilities to participate and progress in appropriate preschool activities;
  • Supporting effective instruction, specialized services, and supports for students with disabilities to participate and progress in the general curriculum;
  • Creating partnerships with agencies, organizations, and individuals providing services and supports for students with disabilities;
  • Providing and supporting high quality professional development opportunities for teachers, specialists, parents, and other interested parties;
  • Supporting Institutions of Higher Education in the professional development and preparation of qualified teachers and specialists to assure appropriate support for students with disabilities;
  • Improving and utilizing effective data collection systems that support the provision of quality educational services;
  • Disseminating information on special education rules, regulations, professional development activities, and promising practices.

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