The Nevada Department of Education (NDE), Office of Special Education is committed to ensuring that ALL students in Nevada are college- and career- ready upon exit from the public school system. To accomplish this, the NDE Office of Special Education strives to build and improve on collaborative efforts with state partners and education stakeholders state-wide. It is our goal to promote educational success for Nevada’s students through increased academic rigor; use of evidenced-based practices; providing sustained professional development for administrators, teachers, and staff; providing technical assistance in data-based decision making; and building meaningful partnerships with districts, schools, and parents.
The primary responsibilities of this office within the Nevada Department of Education is to provide oversight of federal and state mandated regulations such as those outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC), and the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS). Similarly, much of the funding provided specifically for meeting the unique educational needs of and services provided to students with disabilities is provided through various federal and state funding sources that are administered through oversight from this office.