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Office of Special Education

About the Office of Special Education

This site/office is a resource to teachers, administrators, and parents of students with exceptional educational needs due to disability, or learners who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse or have some other special need. The Office of Special Education is one of three offices under the Exceptional Student Services Unit (along with the Office of Facility Schools and the Office of Gifted Education).

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What's New

Colorado's IDEA Part B Application for FFY 2015

The Colorado Department of Education is making available for public review and comment the following proposed document:  (1) The State of Colorado’s Part B Application for grant funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for federal fiscal year 2015.  This document is available online at   Hard copies of the proposed document may be requested by calling Kim Boylan at (303) 866-6690.  Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Monday, May 4, 2015.  Send written comments to Kim Boylan, Colorado Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services Unit, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1175, Denver, CO  80202-5149, by fax to (303) 866-6767, or by email to


Proposed ECEA Rule Amendments

The Colorado Department of Education is recommending changes to the Rules for the Administration of the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA). The proposed changes to the Rules include amendments required by Colorado House Bill 14-1208 which amends the definition of administrative unit to include “multi-district administrative unit”; amendments which replace expired rules related to temporary educator eligibility authorization; and, amendments required by House Bill 14-1102 related to gifted education. A draft of the proposed amendments can be found here: ECEA Rules proposed amendments 2015 (Revised 03/04/2015)

A Crosswalk that provides a visual matrix for the reference and understanding of rule provisions authorized in law can be found here:

The State Board of Education will hold a Rulemaking Hearing on the proposed changes:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

State Board Room
Colorado Department of Education
201 E. Colfax, Denver Colorado 80203

Any interested persons may provide oral testimony at the hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the Office of the Colorado State Board of Education by end of business day Friday, February 27, 2015 by e-mail to or at the following address:

Office of the Colorado State Board of Education
201 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203


Funding Opportunity - Indicator 14 Post School Outcomes Interviews Funds Request

Purpose:  The Colorado Department of Education requires school staff in Colorado school districts to conduct brief interviews with former students who left high school one year ago.  The purpose of the interview is to learn what former students (leavers) do after they leave high school.  This information is used to help schools improve programs for students with disabilities who are still in high school.


To be eligible to receive reimbursement through this funding opportunity, AUs

  • MUST Complete the application and
  • complete the interviews and data entry into the ESSU Data Management System.

Important Dates:  (For the full list of dates, see page 3 of the application)

Most Visited Pages (February 2015)

  • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
  • IEP Forms
  • Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Programs and Services
  • Disability Categories

Parent Encouraging Parents Conferences 2014-2015

Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) Conferences for 2014-2015

  • April 30-May 2, 2015 - Colorado Springs


If you have problems finding something and/or questions about our website, please contact our Web Coordinator and be sure to copy the URL into the email to reference the page with the problem.

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Contact Us

Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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