South Washington County Schools

Ph: 651-425-7201
Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Special Services Department
     District Service Center
     7362 East Point Douglas Rd. S.
     Cottage Grove, MN 55016
     Phone: 651-425-7201
     Fax: 651-425-6318
     Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Early Childhood Special Education
     District Program Center
     8400 East Point Douglas Rd. S.
     Cottage Grove, MN 55016
     Phone: 651-425-6121
     Fax: 651-425-6199
     Hours: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Terms & Acronyms

Special Education Terms & Acronyms


Attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (Note: this is not a “category” of handicapping conditions.)


Developmental adaptive physical education. Physical Education adapted to the needs of a specific student who has a disability.

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act):

The Federal law for special education


Individual Education Plan. An IEP is a document that lists any special services a child needs, including goals to assist their progress. The team determines what services are in the IEP, where the services will be delivered, and any accommodations or modifications needed to accompany the goals.


Key decision-makers for a particular student: parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, etc. The members vary, but this team always includes the people listed on the IEP, IIP, or IFSP and must include the student after age 14 or grade 9.


Individual Family Service Plan. An IFSP focuses or identifies the needs of the child and family and how to best meet those needs. Frequently a young child over the age of three will have an IFSP.


Individual Interagency Implementation Plan. Children who receive special education services and services from another public agency will qualify for an IIIP.

Special Education:

Specially designed services that tailor to the individual and specialized needs of students. These needs are unique to each student.


Student support team, or special education team at the building