Public Comment, Docket No. 08-0203-1704 Revisions to Special Education Manual Idaho State Department of Education
The Idaho State Department of Education (Department) is taking public comment through October 25, 2017, on proposed rule docket no. 08-0203-1704, regarding revisions to the Idaho Special Education Manual. All comments received will be published on the Department's website. You can view the proposed changes to the Idaho Special Education Manual at sde.idaho.gov/topics/admin-rules/ at Proposed Rules - Special Education Manual.
DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY: The following is a statement in nontechnical language of the substance and purpose of the intended negotiated rulemaking and the principle issues involved:
This rulemaking amends the adoption date of the Idaho Special Education Manual, an incorporated document. The Idaho State Board of Education approved amendments to the Idaho Special Education Manual on August 10, 2017. The updated manual replaces the outdated terms “deafness” and “hearing impairment” with “deaf or hard of hearing.” The definition of “deaf or hard of hearing” now includes language regarding the child’s access, comprehension, and/or use of linguistic information through hearing. In addition, state eligibility criteria for “deafness” and ‘”hearing impairment” have been replaced by criteria for “deaf or hard of hearing.” The modified eligibility criteria, used by evaluation teams when determining the disability category for a student, compliment the updated definition of “deaf or hard of hearing.” Other changes to the manual include minor language corrections or deletions necessary to maintain document consistency and to align with the Every Student Succeeds Act, Idaho Code, or teacher certification standards.