Special Education: Member Information

Overview

Utah Special Education Advisory Panel (USEAP) is an advisory panel appointed by the Utah State Board of Education. The purpose of the panel is to provide policy guidance to the Utah State Board of Education with respect to special education and related services for students with disabilities in the State of Utah.

Utah State Board of Education Resolution Number 2016-03: Resolution Establishing the Utah Special Education Advisory Panel (USEAP)
Board Bylaws and Board Resolutions 

Special Education Advisory Panel Functions under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):

  • Advise the Utah State Board of Education of unmet needs within the State in the education of students with disabilities. (300.169(a))
  • Comment publicly on any rules or regulations proposed for issuance by the State regarding the education of students with disabilities. (300.169(b))
  • Advise the Utah State Board of Education in developing evaluations and reporting on data to the Secretary of the United States Department of Education under Section 618 of IDEA. (300.169(c))
  • Advise the Utah State Board of Education in developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in Federal monitoring reports under Part B of the IDEA. (300.169(d))
  • Advise the Utah State Board of Education in developing and implementing policies relating to the coordination of services for students with disabilities. (30.169(e))
  • Waiver of nonsupplant requirement. State must consult with the Advisory Panel regarding provisions of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). (300.164(c)(4))
  • Provide advice to the Utah State Board of Education in determining the risk ratio threshold above which disproportionality is significant. (34 CFR 300.647)
  • Review and comment on completed due process hearing findings.

2017-2018 Priorities:

  • Teacher education and retention in alignment with licensure changes to decrease teacher shortage.
  • Transition and post-secondary opportunities for students with disabilities who do not meet the requirements for a regular high school diploma. The Panel would like to discuss best options for graduation and admission requirements for post-high education.
  • Communication and coordination of services from location to location needs to be more streamlined to help the process go more smoothly for school staff and families.
  • Child Find uniformity and parent awareness of the process. Child Find processes and procedures vary across the State, which make timelines and eligibility requirements very confusing for parents.
  • House Bill (H.B.) 239: restorative justice and disproportionate disciplinary practices as a potential fifth priority if there is time to discuss it and there is a need for guidance from the Panel. State Advisory Panel (SAP) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State Advisory Panel (SAP) and State Interagency Coordinating Councils (SICC) Network

Training

An Educator, Parent, and Panel Member: Primer on Special Education Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Definitions

Disability Awareness A Primer on People First Language

Part B and Part C IDEA Indicators Annual Performance Report

Short History of Robert's Rules

Special Education Advisory Panel Robert’s Rules of Order Words to Use Some Basic Common Procedures