DC Regs and Policies

The links below include OSSE policies and related Cooperative guidance. For a quick look at each policy and a list of LEA action items, read the Cooperative policy briefs.

Child Find

Confidentiality and Student Records


Early Childhood

Enrollment – entry & exit coding

  • LEA’s are responsible for submitting appropriate entry and exit codes for all students. Correct coding is critical for SEDS compliance. Learn more about coding from OSSE.

Extended School Year (ESY)

Highly Qualified (HQ) and Licensure

  • All teachers at charters must be “highly qualified” (HQT) to teach in their subject area. Generally being HQT at a charter means the teacher must have a degree (BA) and have passed the praxis exam in their content area. For special education, it’s less straightforward and depends on the role the teacher fills. For example, a special education teacher in a self-contained elementary level classroom needs to be HQT in both elementary ed and special ed, while a resource teacher only needs to be HQT in special education.
  • OSSE recently revised a guidance document on the requirements for highly qualified teachers but the special education section seems to be incomplete. We’ve followed up with OSSE for clarification.If you refer to the document, the part about ELL teachers is accurate for special education teachers. To be HQT in special education a teacher at a charter must have a bachelor’s degree and prove competency in their subject matter by being certified, passing the content praxis, or completing the coursework for special education certification.


IDEA Part B 

Initial Evaluation/Reevaluation

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)


Related Services

Secondary Transition