Tennessee

Learn more about what Tennessse is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

School Closures and Special Education: Guidance on Services to Students with Disabilities

Summary: This school guidance document provides educators the resources and information they need to continue services to students with disabilities through distance learning. It includes specific guidelines for instructing students with disabilities virtually, evaluating students for special needs, conducting IEP reviews virtually and providing compensatory education to qualifying students with disabilities. It also lists educational and policy resources for educators of students with disabilities

Operated by: Tennessee Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

School Reopening Toolkit: Postsecondary Transitions

Summary: The purpose of the Postsecondary Transition Toolkit is to assist districts and schools in planning, executing and monitoring key actions and metrics to help students stay on track for postsecondary success during this extraordinary time. For clarity and coherence, the initial draft will focus on three cohorts: recent 2020 graduates, rising seniors, and rising juniors. The guidance in this document is built on the assumption that it will be necessary for districts and schools to shift numerous services from traditional in person courses to a virtual distance learning format or hybrid approach at the beginning of the school year or in response to a potential future closure.

Operated by: Tennessee Department of Education

Topic: Transition

School Reopening Toolkit: Special Populations

Summary: While tasked with forward thinking about safety and logistics, schools must also prioritize equity while developing their operational structures and programming for all students, including students with disabilities and English learners. This toolkit focuses on re-opening strategies that are specifically targeted toward providing meaningful educational opportunities and services to our special populations. The questions and considerations in this toolkit are intended to be a guide for districts as they make plans to support all learners. 

Operated by: Tennessee Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Special Education Related FAQ

Summary: The Tennessee Department of Education responded to questions that were collected from superintendents and special education supervisors regarding IEPs and other special education services. The information provided pertains to the guidelines for virtual IEP meetings, the guidelines for providing extended school year services and adjustments made to IEP plans in response to COVID-19.

Operated by: Tennessee Department of Education

Topic: IEP