NC Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities
This handbook is designed to support families with an understanding of the rights and
responsibilities specific to the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in
special education and resources can be found in the appendices.
If at any time, you suspect your student may have a disability and is in need of special education
and/or related services, you may request an evaluation, in writing, to your student’s school EC Director.
EC Division Website
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children Division Link
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 program in the least restrictive environment.
Multi-Tiered System of Support(MTSS) for Families Link
What is NC MTSS?
Family engagement within an MTSS is defined as the active and meaningful partnerships that educators build and maintain with students’ families for the purpose of supporting student learning. It embodies the idea that all parties are equally invested in the student’s educational experience and all parties bring knowledge and skills of equal value to the table to work together.
What is “support”?
NC schools that are implementing an MTSS may talk about support for students. To further define that support, NC organizes these supports around the instruction, the curriculum, and the environment.