State and Federal Guidance

Ohio’s IDEA Requirements and Guidelines

Special education in Ohio is complex and ever-changing, but SST-8 has it all right here. Be sure to sign up for email updates from OEC and choose “Special Education Updates” in your preferences to receive the latest news, updates, and policy memos.
In Ohio, requirements for provision of special education and related services under IDEA Part B for school districts, county boards of developmental disabilities and other educational agencies are outlined in the Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities (Ohio Administrative Code Rules 3301-51-01 to 09, 11 and 21; last revised July 2014). Ohio’s Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities requires traditional public schools and chartered community schools to adopt written policies and procedures regarding the education of children with disabilities (3301‐51‐02(A)). Districts may adopt the Special Education Model Policies and Procedures developed by the Ohio Department of Education (last updated 2009) or develop their own and submit for approval. Information on obtaining waivers for school-age service delivery can be found here.

ODE Special Education Policy Memos

Occasionally, Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) provides written clarification to the field regarding changes or clarifications in special education service delivery. These can be found in a table on the OEC's Operating Standards and Guidance page. 

Out-of-District and Private/Nonpublic School Service Delivery

Students with disabilities are sometimes placed outside of their district of residence due to parent choice, student need, or other considerations. ODE requirements and guidelines for service delivery can be found below.

Prior Forms of OEC Guidance

Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) no longer maintains the Procedures and Guidance document on their website. In addition, the ETR and IEP Annotated Guides (2009) are no longer considered current and should not be circulated.

School Choice for Students with Disabilities

Ohio offers two scholarship programs which allow the parents of children with disabilities to send their child to special education programs other than the one operated by their school district of residence to receive the education and the services outlined in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Click on the links below to learn more about these programs and access related resources.

Federal IDEA Resources

What Are Parents' Rights in Special Education?

Parents’ rights in special education are known as procedural safeguards, and are clearly outlined in both federal and state guidelines. The current parent procedural safeguards document, Whose IDEA Is This?, is being phased out effective August 1, 2017. The updated version, A Guide to Parents’ Rights in Special Education, is now available for download. The Office for Exceptional Children is working to translate A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education in several languages and will post these on its website when available.

What if parents and providers disagree?

There are instances in which parents and service delivery providers disagree on what is best for the student. SST-8 and ODE encourage parents and families to work together to resolve disputes and avoid due process filings. Contact SST-8 consultants below for ideas on how to resolve conflicts or to learn how you can access ODE resources for dispute resolution.

Helen Brophy
Brophy, Helen
Educational/Transition Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511268
Sarah Jackson
Jackson, Sarah
Early Learning/School Readiness Coordinator
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511254
Jenine Sansosti
Sansosti, Jenine
SST-8 Director
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511242
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