Dear Colleague Letters

OSEP provides information, guidance and clarification regarding implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in a number of ways including OSEP Memos and Dear Colleague Letters, and OSEP Policy Letters.

These are listed below in chronological order starting from the most recent issuance and going back to 2001.  To locate a letter from the chronological listing click on the year below:

2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001

Here are a list of the latest Dear Colleague letters:

Dear Colleague Letter that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports.
August 1, 2016
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Dear Colleague Letter to clarify and provide guidance on the Federal obligations of school districts that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) to students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Department’s implementing regulations.
July 26, 2016

PDF – Dear Colleague Letter
PDF – Resource Guide

Dear Colleague Letter on the Transition of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to State Education Agencies (SEAs) this letter begins this process and provides guidance regarding certain activities that are affected by this authorization.
December 18, 2015
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Dear Colleague Letter on Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that clarifies that individualized education programs (IEP) for children with disabilities must be aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled.
November 16, 2015
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Dear Colleague Letter: Policy guidance to clarify that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations or IEP documents.
October 23, 2015
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OSEP 15-10 Local Educational Agency (LEA) Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Questions and Answers
July 27, 2015
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Dear Colleague Letter on Speech and Language Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
July 6, 2015
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OSEP 15-08 Letter to Delisle:  Children with disabilities with high cognition
April 17, 2015
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Dear Colleague Letter on Use of Due Process Procedures After a Parent Has Filed a State Complaint
April 15, 2015
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