Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Special Education


New Resources added on the Technical Assistance Resource page (August 4, 2020)


The Special Education Unit in the Division of Learning Services collaborates with local school districts, educational service cooperatives, and other state agencies to ensure that all children with disabilities (ages 3 to 21) in Arkansas receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Special Education Unit is committed to improving educational results for students with disabilities through statewide leadership, support, and service to schools, educators, students, families, and other stakeholders.

  • Responsibilities include:
    • Ensuring compliance with program and fiscal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and related state laws and regulations;
    • Professional development and technical assistance outreach to improve special education programs;
    • Supporting efforts to ensure special educators are adequately prepared to meet the needs of children with disabilities;
    • Management of federally required data reporting and analysis;
    • Administration and oversight of state and local special education annual applications/budgets and related expenditures; and
    • Maintaining an effective system for dispute resolution.


Alternate Path to Graduation Child Find CIRCUIT
Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services Mediation, Facilitated IEPs, Hearings, Complaints Early Childhood
Funding & Finance Monitoring MySped Resource
Parents Paraprofessionals Policy/Regulations
Presentations Public Reporting Special Education Forms
Response to Intervention (RTI) Standards-Based IEPs Teachers
Technical Assistance Providers Technical Assistance Resources  



For more information, please contact:

Matt Sewell, Director of Special Education
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4221
Fax: 501-682-5159

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