About Special Education Administrative Services
At the NWESD we strive to advance educational outcomes for all students with disabilities, or otherwise demonstrating high academic vulnerability. The NWESD provides training, technical assistance, and consultative services to districts in support of OSPI’s State Performance Plan (SPP) for Special Education, as delineated within the federal Performance Indicators.
Administrative services concentrate on supporting systemic improvements, high quality, leveraged practices in special education, partnerships with general education staff and leadership, as well as legislative requirements for implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), managed through the U.S. Department of Education and OSPI, Office of Special Education. We also work in conjunction with the Teaching and Learning, and Behavioral Health and Prevention Services departments at the NWESD.
Our quality focused support services include:
- Training and promoting educational leadership;
- Determining district and building-level needs and providing opportunities for continuous improvement;
- Providing professional development for effective program design and instructional services;
- Communicating legislated requirements, trends, issues, and other relevant information;
- Facilitating community partnerships to improve services to infants, children, and youth;
- Improving educational outcomes for students identified with special needs; and,
- Consultation, leadership, and professional development services are provided in support of infants and toddlers, as well as children and youth, ages three to twenty-one, identified with special needs.