Exceptional Student Education


The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Our Mission

The mission of exceptional student education in Florida, a committed alliance for the development of the unique gifts of each exceptional person, is to ensure the achievement of each and every individual’s extraordinary purpose by expanding opportunities through collaboration of families, professionals, and communities who guarantee the highest expectations and individual success.

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Topics of Special Interest

· For Parents: The FDLRS Child Find has created a video that helps parents determine when it is appropriate to schedule a screening due to developmental concerns. Please view the video here:

· Accommodations: Assisting Students with Disabilities (2018) (PDF): Help teachers and parents make decisions about accommodations for students with disabilities. Four categories of accommodations are identified along with numerous examples. There are strategies to help teachers and students implement and monitor the impact of accommodations for classroom instruction and assessment.

· Annual State Application for IDEA, Part B – FFY 2018 (PDF): In order to receive a grant under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), states must submit an application annually. The public participation requirements relevant to Part B are set forth in the Part B regulations at 34 CFR 300.165 and in section 441(b)(7) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA). States are required to make the Part B Application available to the public for a period of 60 days, and accept comments for a period of at least 30 days. Florida’s Part B Application for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 will be available from March 5, 2018 to May 3, 2018. Comments will be accepted between March 5, 2018 and April 3, 2018. For the benefit of the public interest, the application is still be available for public viewing after the posted end dates. Any questions regarding the application may be submitted in writing to the IDEA Program Manager, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 614, Tallahassee, Florida 32399; via email to the IDEA grant mailbox or via fax at 850-245-0953.

· FFY 2015 Part B State Performance Plan (SPP)/ Annual Performance Report (APR) (PDF)

State and Federal Laws

· Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules – Hyperlinked Index (PDF)

· IDEA 2004

· Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 231 / Monday, December 1, 2008 / Rules and Regulations (PDF)