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Specialized Instruction Report

In 2017, the Maryland General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 1 (Chapter 728), which requires local Boards of Education to report information relating to the provision of specialized intervention services beginning with the 2018-2019 school year (data from 2017-2018).

Specialized intervention services are services provided to students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 who meet all the following criteria:

  1. are not currently identified as needing special education or related services;
  2. need additional academic and (or) behavioral supports to succeed in a core curriculum and differentiated instruction general education environment; and
  3. receive additional academic and behavioral support in small groups or individual settings at least three times each week for at least 90 minutes each week for a period of at least ten weeks during a school year.

To meet the requirements of the statute, local education agencies (LEAs) are required to report the number of students receiving specialized intervention services, the grades in which specialized intervention services were provided, and budget information, including all federal, State, and local funds for specialized intervention services, including screenings, evaluations, materials, professional development, and staffing.

The statute requires a report from LEAs to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and to the Maryland General Assembly. Both the MSDE and the LEAs are required to post the report on their websites. The first report was due to the MSDE and to the General Assembly by December 1, 2018 and covered the period of September 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. This year's report is due on December 1, 2020 covering the period of September 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.