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DIVISION MISSION :: The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized education program in the least restrictive environment.

EC Division Strategic Plan

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Technical Corrections – Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities

Technical Correction-HB 149-Dyslexia (August 2017)

Technical Correction-Rosa's Law-Intellectual Disabilities (August 2017)

Technical corrections approved by the State Board of Education on July 6, 2017. This change is effective immediately.

Notice of Public Comment – NC Extended Content Standards for K-8 Math Revisions and Proposed Elective Courses

The Exceptional Children Division (ECD) is pleased to accept public comments on the proposed North Carolina Extended Content Standards K-8 Math Revisions and newly proposed elective courses.

Per the Federal guidelines and regulation on the Alternate Achievement Standards for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (2007), students must be provided access to the state standards by aligning instruction and assessments for K-8 Math.

Interested citizens and school personnel are invited to review the proposed changes and submit any comments in writing to These documents can also be viewed in person at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division (Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh).

In making comments, please indicate which section(s) on which you are commenting (e.g., NC.RLK.1; NC-RL 6.3 a); and provide comments in the form of statements. Comments may be submitted via email to or mailed to:
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Exceptional Children Division
6356 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-65356
ATTN: Dreama McCoy or Ronda Layman

Proposed Math Extended Content Standards (K-8)

Proposed Electives Extended Content Standards – Vocational Preparation

Proposed Electives Extended Content Standards – Health, Safety, and Independent Living

Considerations for Specially Designed Instruction

The design and delivery of specially designed instruction is the core of special education. This document serves as guidance for IEP teams, administrators, educators and practitioners as they determine the need for, plan, and implement specially designed instruction (SDI) for students with disabilities who require an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

SDI Guidance

EC Calendar of Events


Dyslexia & Dyscalculia

For more information on Dyslexia and Dyscalculia "Click Here"

Approved - Specific Learning Disabilities Changes to Policies Governing Children with Disabilities



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