Office of Special Education

January 2020

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to provide special education services to eligible students. Eligible students are identified in one of13 categories listed below.

  • Autism
  • Communication
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional
  • Health
  • Intellectual
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Neurological
  • Physical
  • Sensory/Deaf-Blind
  • Sensory/Hearing
  • Sensory/Vision
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

There are currently 2070 special education students enrolled in Framingham. Below is the percentage of special education students in Framingham identified by Disability Category.

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IEP Meeting Checklist

A goal of our department is to provide a consistent experience for families in line with the regulations. The IEP Meeting Checklist is a tool that special educators and liaisons can use during meetings as a guide.

Many of you are familiar with the term Coordinated Program Review (CPR). The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education conducted the CPR every six years and was a review/audit that included special education. The CPR included a self assessment, detailed review of records, a review of paperwork to support over fifty categories ensuring compliance with the regulations, a site visit, school visits and staff and parent interviews. There is a new process replacing CPR, called Tiered Focused Monitoring (TFM). Our self assessment for the TFM is due May 1st and the DESE will be conducting their review in the Fall. The self assessment will require the special education administration team and your SPED TECs to gather data for specific areas that we need to report on. You can learn more about the details by clicking the button above.

An opportunity for free PD through TEC Collaborative

Framingham has a collaboration with TEC Collaborative that provides access to some online courses for free. Here is the link:

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Join us in Celebrating International Day of Acceptance.

January 20th is a day dedicated to social acceptance of disability and to honor the late Annie Hopkins, founder of 3E Love and creator fo the International Symbol of Acceptance. To learn more about this day and how to get involved click on the link below.

What would you like to see in the Special Education Newsletter?

Articles on best practice, links to free resources, highlights from classrooms and events around the district? Please email me with any suggestions at