Special Education: Strong Start


Strong Start Academy is a program for special education directors in new charter schools and new special education directors. It is also designed to provide extra supports to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) whose Results Driven Accountability (RDA) Tier is either “Coaching” or “Directing”. The program is designed to provide an intense level of support from the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), special education department. USBE provides LEAs with a Strong Start mentor, professional development, and ongoing support throughout the year.

Strong Start will provide assistance during the coming year of operation by:

  • Providing an understanding of RDA
  • Providing targeted support to the LEAs in order to implement start-up activities and  training for compliance
  • Providing professional development sessions to special education directors
  • Providing an assigned USBE contracted mentor to give specific support over the course of the school year
  • Connecting the LEA with USBE departments and resources
  • Outlining Fiscal responsibilities
  • Outlining State and Federal responsibilities

Charter Schools

Charter School Special Education Checklist

Charter School Special Education Primer
Note: If you need this information in an accessible format, contact the department directly.

Model Special Education Policies and Procedures
Special Education Laws, State Rules and Regulations


National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS)

National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC)


Lindsey Adams 
Results Driven Accountability (RDA)
Utah Program Improvement Planning
Phone: (801) 538-7806 | E-mail