The Role of Special Education
Special education provides students with disabilities specially designed instruction to meet their unique learning needs. IDEA ensures that children with disabilities have access to a free, appropriate public education and that schools provide special education to these children in the least restrictive environment, including the general education classrooms whenever appropriate. Special education services and supports are provided to eligible students from the age of 3 through high school graduation.
Learn About Iowa Special Education
In Iowa, under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Education, the AEAs and local districts ensure quality, individualized special education services and supports are provided to all children with disabilities at no cost to the family. AEA and local district staff collaborate to complete comprehensive evaluations and implement well-developed IEPs with the goal of improved educational outcomes for all learners.