Colorado Department of Education – Office of Learning Supports and Exceptional Students Services Units

The mission of the Colorado Department of Education’s Office of Learning Supports (OLS) is to shape, develop, and increase the collective capacity of schools and districts to implement and sustain a multi-tiered system of supports, through a problem-solving culture that integrates data, practices, and systems which improve educational outcomes for every student.

The Exceptional Student Services Unit supports personnel serving students with exceptional educational needs. Technical assistance and programming support are available for students who have disabilities, are gifted and talented, and/or who are culturally or linguistically diverse.

This unit administers both the state’s Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with disabilities. Services and programming for Early Intervention (Preschool) and Colorado’s Facility Schools are also housed in this unit.

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