NASDSE's members, the state directors of special education, continue to face increasing challenges of implementing state and federal statutes and regulations while striving for a balanced system of accountability that supports a focus on results for each and every child. Never before have the leadership skills of state directors been put to such tests of agility and integrity. It is a time when taking on the risks of leadership is both more important and more complicated than ever before. The NASDSE organization serves these important leaders through service and collaboration, in turn providing effective leadership in the development of national policy related to services that produce those successful outcomes.
NASDSE offers strategies and tools to move to implementation of best practices through communities of practice, training on current issues, technical assistance, policy analysis, research, national initiatives and partnerships to enhance problem-solving at the local, state and national level. NASDSE works to engage students, families, communities, professionals and policymakers as full partners. NASDSE recognizes that “We’re Better Together” and works hard to build meaningful and productive collaborative efforts with key educational partners.
The continued collaboration with the National Association of State Title I Directors brings us closer to common language in serving and improving outcomes for all students and remains a priority for NASDSE, as is collaboration with the Office of Special Education Programs, in order to provide input regarding implementation of the State Performance Plan, Results Driven Accountability and the role of the Regional Resource Centers in providing direct support to our members.
As we transition to the Common Core Standards, a new generation of assessments and keep the focus on improving outcomes for every child, we hope you utilize your NASDSE organization. Our NASDSE website features information for all stakeholders who share the ideals in NASDSE's mission – to provide services to state agencies to facilitate their efforts to maximize education outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. Thank you for visiting our website and we encourage you to utilize our information, share with others and as well as provide us feedback.