Special Education


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that all children and youth with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. NDDPI provides oversight of the special education programs within North Dakota.  NDDPI designs and implements policies and procedures for carrying out the requirements of the IDEA and ensures compliance with those policies and procedures. Compliance is documented and ensured through the monitoring process, technical assistance, training, and dispute resolution processes.

Compliance Data and Reports

Annual State Application under Part B of the IDEA

The United States Department of Education has determined that, under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) section 616(d)(2)(A)(i), North Dakota meets the requirements of Part B of the IDEA. This "Level of Determination is based on the totality of the State's data and information, including the State's Annual Performance Report (APR) and State Performance Plan (SPP), accuracy and timeliness of IDEA Section 618 Submission Data, and other publicly available information. The State's data are reflected in the Compliance Matrix document.

ND SPP/APR and OSEP Determinations

District Report Cards

618 Table Data

Annual Report for IDEA Dispute Resolution

IDEA Online Application
Students with Disabilities who attend Private Schools
Maintenance of Effort Reporting
Coordinated Early Intervening Services
Time and Effort Reporting
Compliance Resources
Student Contracts & Notification System - Training
Secondary Transition

Transition planning for the movement from high school to adult living is required for all students receiving special education services, according to federal legislation, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004). IEP teams must now include transition planning in the first IEP that will be in effect when the child is 16 years of age, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. This website is designed to provide information as to the activities of the ND Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, with regards to transition, along with other resources and links.

Secondary Transition IEP Process
ND Internal Monitoring Transition Requirement Checklist Indicator 13 Training Packet
Transition Assessment Process
Summary of Performance
Post Secondary Transitional Grant Program
Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gap for Students with Disabilities:

The North Dakota Striving Readers Grant and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) in partnership with the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) launched a year-long student to identify and scale best practices for students with disabilities. The NDPC conducted a targeted review to learn more about the policies, practices, and initiatives that have resulted in students with disabilities being prepared for their post-school roles.

The Transition Career Exploration Workshop (TCEW):

The ND Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (ND DVR) is pleased to offer the TCEW and Bridge-Pathways to Employment Workshop curriculums. ND DVR credits the Maine Department of Labor for the use of the curriculums. The TCEW is designed to:

  • Help students discover employment possibilities in an interactive team environment
  • Be offered in modules that make it flexible for delivery in schools, adult education, community organizations or other settings
  • Provide instruction on topics including disability disclosure; requesting accommodations; learning styles at work; work values, abilities and aptitudes; interest inventories, self-management skills, occupational exploration and more
  • Provide numerous assessments that can support student transition planning
  • Be facilitated independently or in conjunction with DVR
  • Transition Career Exploration Workshop (TCEW) Modules
Guardianship and Supported Decision Making

Indicator 14 Postsecondary Outcomes

Transition Community of Practice

Disability Services Council

Agency Resources and Adult Service Providers

Publications and Materials

Special Education Dispute Resolution

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each state have procedures in place to address disputes and conflicts between parents and schools regarding children ages 3-21 who receive special education services. NDDPI, Office of Special Education ensures that the following options are available to anyone wishing to remedy conflicts regarding children receiving special education services.


Protection and Advocacy "An independent state agency concerned with asserting the legal rights of people with disabilities." (800) 472-2670

Pathfinders (Parent Training and Information Center)

"Building education partnerships through teamwork, communication and coordinated effort." (701) 837-7500

Consortium of Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Education (CADRE) documents: Facilitated IEP Meetings: An Emerging Practice

State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP)
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has required that each State Educational Agency (SEA) develop a State Systemic Improvement Plan that includes a comprehensive, multi-year focus on improving results for students with disabilities. The North Dakota State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), in line with State identified Measureable Result (SiMR), is focused on increasing the six-year extended graduation rate of students identified with emotional disturbance as a primary disability. The scope of NDDPI's effort is to provide support to local units with professional development in their planning model and process to keep students enrolled in school, bringing students back to school (re-entry), and assisting students to earn a diploma.
Special Education State Guidelines

ND Policy Papers in Education

SPP/APR Stakeholder Engagement Opportunity

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to submit a State Performance Plan (SPP) at least every six years and to annually report data on the status toward meeting the targets on the indicators contained in this plan. This report of status is called the Annual Performance Report (APR) and is submitted on or around February first of each year. Next year’s FFY 2020 SPP/APR submission (due February 2022) begins a new six-year SPP cycle for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2020-2025.  For the FFY 2020-2025 SPP/APR, the NDDPI, Office of Special Education is soliciting broad stakeholder input on setting the new state targets. This is an opportunity for the NDDPI, Office of Special Education to receive input and feedback from parents, school administrators, educators, advocacy organizations, community members, and other stakeholders on improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities. 


The statewide TIENET database is a web-based student file database available via a secured Internet site. This database contains all of the components of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and other forms required for students receiving special education service.