Special Education Community Complaints Archive

This archive is designed to provide convenient access to selected community complaint reports related to topics about which we receive frequent questions (you’ll even find reports no longer accessible on the OSPI website).  The reports are annotated, searchable, and organized to help familiarize families, teachers, and school leaders with the topics associated with special education law as well as state and federal rules & regulations.

OSPI Community Complaints

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) fulfills the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), ensuring that all children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education. As such, OSPI is also required to provide procedures for the submission and investigation of community complaints.  (CLICK HERE for details)

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Special Ed Topic(s): Accommodations
District: Edmonds
Issue: Since January 28, 2021, has the District followed proper procedures to implement the Student’s individualized education program (IEP)?
OSPI Response: (1) OSPI finds that while there was some inconsistency with a few accommodations, that is a minor deviation and not a material failure to implement the IEP. (2)While there was some confusion around whether the Parent was revoking consent for special education services and next steps in the fall of 2021, OSPI notes that missing approximately 750-800 minutes of services represents a material failure to implement this portion of the IEP

Special Ed Topic(s): Accommodations
District: Kennewick
Issue: Did During the 2019-2020 school year, did the District properly implement the following portions of the Student’s Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): a. Minutes of specially designed instruction in executive functioning and social; and b. Accommodations?
OSPI Response: District ordered to conduct an IEP meeting to consider accommodations.

Special Ed Topic(s): Accommodations
District: West Valley
Issue: During the 2021–2022 school year, did the District materially implement the Student’s individualized education program (IEP)?
OSPI Response: OSPI found the district in violation of accommodations in general and those included in the BIP.

Special Ed Topic(s): Amendments
District: district name redacted
Issue: Did the District follow procedures for amending the Student’s secondary transition plan, course of study, and graduation requirements, based on his individual needs?
OSPI Response: No violation or corrective action.

Special Ed Topic(s): Amendments
District: Grandview
Issue: The district amended IEP’s of middle school students in order to place them in the general education setting.
OSPI Response: The record shows that the decision to amend all 34 students IEPs was not driven by the students’ educational needs, but instead by the District’s unilateral decision that all middle school student who receive special education, would benefit from attending general education math and language. Staff training and compensatory education.

Special Ed Topic(s): Amendments
District: North Thurston
Issue: Can the student’s IEP be unilaterally changed?
OSPI Response: if a student’s IEP needs to be revised: that change should be made following communication between the IEP team members, including the Parent; the change should be based on relevant, sufficient data on the student’s needs resulting from the student’s disability.