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SUBJECT:   U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Guidance


On July 19, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued a letter regarding the education of highly mobile children and youth. This letter provides guidance on several important principles that States, school districts, school staff, parents, and other stakeholders may find helpful in ensuring that highly mobile children with disabilities receive required special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs in a timely manner. 

Specifically, this letter addresses issues that have been raised regarding IDEA's requirements for timely evaluations, including when a response to intervention (RTI) framework is used prior to completing evaluations of highly mobile children, and the provision of comparable services, which could include extended school year services, when a highly mobile child transfers into a new school district.
The letter may be downloaded at:


Donna Cash

Federal Supervisor

Coordinator, McKinney-Vento Program

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

P.O. Box 480, 205 Jefferson Street

Jefferson City, MO  65102-0480

Office:  573-522-8763  Fax:  573-526-6698

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