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 Special Education Services and Supports

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Georgia Department of Education (Division for Special Education Services and Supports) provides necessary infrastructure and supports for leaders, teachers, and families to meet the whole child needs of each student improving student outcomes and school climate resulting in an increased quality of life and workforce ready future. We must commit to effective collaboration across agencies ​​and school-home partnerships to support local school districts in their efforts to provide special education and related services for students with disabilities. ​

The GaDOE must provide state General Supervision for local school districts to improve educational results and functional outcomes for all children with disabilities and ensure that the requirements of IDEA are met. We believe that all students must have an equitable opportunity for school completion and successful postsecondary outcomes.


 Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement

Public Notice of ESSA Alternate Assessment Cap Waiver 2020-2021 

 Resources for Distance/Remote Learning - NEW

 Special Education District Supports and COVID-19 Resources - UPDATED   

   Georgia Annual Performance Report​ 

ESSA Alternate Diploma FAQs  

​​Assistive Technology Partnership

GaDOE COVID-19 Information

New Special Education Directors  - SELDA

Special Education Implementation: Rules, Manual, and Forms 

Budgets, Grants, Data Collection and Reporting  

Continuous Improvement 

Family Engagement Information and Resources 

State Advisory Panel (SAP) 

Conferences and Presentations, Webinars, Friday Email Blasts, Newsletters



 Contact Information

Shaun Owen

Deputy Superintendent

Federal Programs

Phone: 404-971-0096 


Zelphine Smith-Dixon, Ed.D.
​State Director,
Special Education Services and Supports


 Staff Contact List

 General Information

​Phone: (404) 656-3963                              
Fax:(404) 651-6457                              

Special Education Questions & Support 
(404) 657-9968           

Contact Vision/Hard of Hearing Coordinators​

 Frequently Accessed Resources