Special Education

Special education is specially designed instruction, related services, and other supplementary aids to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability at no cost to families. The Hawaii State Department of Education (Department) provides these services to children aged 3 through 21 who are eligible for special education and related services residing in the State.

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Notice of Public Comment: Annual State Application under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

In accordance with the provisions of the General Education Provisions Act, the Hawaii State Department of Education’s (Department) application for Federal Fiscal Year 2024 funds under Part B of the IDEA will be available for review from March 8, 2024, through May 8, 2024, on the following website: https://bit.ly/HIDOE-PartBApp2024.

The Hawaii State Department of Education, Exceptional Support Branch will accept public comments regarding the application from March 25, 2024, to April 25, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.  Please see this page for more information. 



What is Special Educationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/specialeducationWhat is Special EducationSpecial education refers to a range of services provided to students with disabilities.
Child Findhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/childfindChild FindPublic schools must look for, find, and evaluate children who may need special services.
Parent Involvement Surveyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/parentinvolvementsurveyParent Involvement SurveyTake the online survey or request a paper survey at your school.
Parent Rights in Special Educationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/parentrightsspecialedParent Rights in Special EducationParents of children who receive or who may be eligible for special education services.
State Performance Plan (SPP)/Annual Performance Report (APR)https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/sppappState Performance Plan (SPP)/Annual Performance Report (APR)Hawaii’s SPP/APR reports on outcomes and compliance submitted to the US DOE.
Dispute Resolutionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/disputeresolutionDispute ResolutionOptions to resolve disagreements about a student’s special education program.
IDEA Section 618 Datahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/ideasection618dataIDEA Section 618 DataHawaii’s reporting of public data of children ages 3 through 21 with disabilities.
Post-Secondary Transitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/postsecondaryPost-Secondary TransitionIDEA requires the consideration of transition needs for students at age 16 or younger.
Federal and State Regulationshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/fedstateregulationsFederal and State RegulationsState and federal laws for students with disabilities receiving SPED and related services.
Educational Partnershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/educationalpartnersEducational PartnersCommunity resources to support families of a child receiving special needs.
School Based Claiminghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/schoolbasedclaimingSchool Based ClaimingThe Department is eligible to receive federal reimbursement from the Medicaid program.
Resourceshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducation/resourcesResourcesAdditional links and resources related to supporting students with disabilities.


Exceptional Support Branch

The Exceptional Support Branch (ESB), under the Office of Student Support Services, provides leadership, professional development and technical assistance to Complex Areas and schools in planning and implementing programs that increase achievement for students with disabilities.

Phone: 808-305-9750

Monitoring and Compliance Branch - IDEA Team

The Monitoring and Compliance Branch(MAC), IDEA Team, under the Office of the Deputy Superintendent, supports the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) and HAR Chapter 60 requirements to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities and their families.

Phone: 808-307-3600

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