Bureau of Indian Education | Special Education

Special Education

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) follows the guidelines provided by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal grant program designed to improve educational opportunities for children with disabilities.

PUBLIC NOTICE - Bureau of Indian Education's (BIE) IDEA Determination under Section 616(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Part B
As required by IDEA Section 616(e)(7), the BIE is notifying the public that the Secretary of Education has taken enforcement action as outlined in the letter dated June 23, 2014 to Dr. Charles M. Roessel, BIE Director, regarding BIE's Determination by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.   CLICK HERE to access the letter.

CLICK HERE for Division of Performance and Accountability (DPA) Special Education contact information (updated 08/11/2015)

SPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICES AND PROCESSES (Revised November 2015) - This is a draft copy. Approval in process.

Special Education Calendar SY 2016-2017 (Updated on 9/30/2016)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 Bureau of Indian Education Part B 2015 Grant Award Application
Under the General Education Provisions Act and the IDEA of 2004, the BIE is required to publish their annual Part B Grant Award application for 60 days, of which 30 days must be allowed to accept public comment. Public Post starts March 6, 2015.

WebEx Training for SY 2016-2017

  • Budget Development and Intent of Base & Supplemental Funds- IDEA Part B Application and Coordinated Early Intervening Services.
    • Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    • 1:30pm Mountain Daylight Time
    • Presenter: Connie Albert
  • Budget Development and Intent of Base & Supplemental Funds- IDEA Part B Application and Coordinated Early Intervening Services.
    • Thursday, March 23, 2017
    • 4:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time
    • Presenter: Connie Albert

Click Here for instructions on how to access recorded sessions.

Secondary Transition (SPP/APR Indicator 13)

Guidance and Compliance Recommendations for BIE-Funded High Schools with Academic Programs

Indian Student Equalization Program (ISEP) Special Education Certification SY 2015-2016

State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) Indicator 11 Desk Audit for SY 2015-2016 (UPDATED 09/30/2016)

Presentation - Part B Unmet Needs Application for SY 2015-2016 and WebBudget

  • Stay tuned for 

Announcement - Local School Performance Plan (LSPP) form and description can be found in Native Star:

All schools with academic programs can access and complete their initial 2013-2014 LSPP directly in Native Star school dashboard under the "Forms to Complete" tab by September 30, 2013.  The LSPP guidance description that accompanies the LSPP is located under the "Docs and Links" tab.  The Native Star tool can be access through the BIE website homepage at http://www.bie.edu/index.htm.  Consult with your School Principal to access and complete the LSPP form.  Four follow-up tabs progress checkpoints must be completed during the submission window.  An announcement will follow in the Native Star school bulletin board.  Schools that received a 2013 Needs Assistance (2-6 consecutive years) Special Education Level of Determination must complete the section on "TA Accessed and Action Taken as a Result of that TA" during one of the progress checkpoints for the specific State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Plan (SPP/APR) Indicator(s) not met.  Updated messages will be posted in the school's Native Star school bulletin board.  For further information, please contact Dr. Eugene Thompson at eugene.thompson@bie.edu or call (505) 563-5394.

Federal Register - Notices

  • BIE Federal Register Notice (FRN) - Advisory Board for Exceptional Children (posted on September 11, 2017)
  • Medicare New Regulations memorandum dated 5/7/2013 (posted on May 15, 2013)
    • Attachment 1: Federal Register /Vol. 78, No. 31 / Thursday, February 14, 2013 / Rules and Regulations 10525
    • Attachment 2: Non-Regulatory Guidance on the IDEA Part B Regulations Regarding Parental Consent for the Use of Public Benefits or Insurance to Pay for Services under the IDEA, Issued February 14, 2013 and Effective March 18, 2013
  • 12/23/2011 Applications for New Awards; Indian Education-Demonstration Grants for Indian Children
    Notice from Department of Education-Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Deadline for Transmittal of Application:  February 21, 2012

2012 BIE Summer Institute

Special Education Topics - PowerPoint Presentations:

Special Education Academy

The 2013 Special Education Academy is not being planned this year.  However, a SY 2012-2013 DPA Activities Calendar (dated 3-1-13) has been posted to the BIE website at http://www.bie.edu under Events.

2012 Academy PowerPoint Presentations:

Discipline for Long Term Suspension/Expulsion

U.S. Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

  • MEMO - Reporting on Correction of Noncompliance in the Annual Performance Report (APR) Required under Sections 616 and 642 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • MEMO - Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

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