Special Education Requirements Under the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Superintendent's Memo #310-18, Virginia Department of Education)
This memorandum will address certain school division responsibilities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a federal law that reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. In general, it enhances the Virginia Department on Aging and Rehabilitative Services’ (DARS) role as a secondary transition partner with school divisions. Through Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), DARS will provide additional supports and services to students with disabilities, and will provide those services at an earlier age. While most provisions of WIOA affect DARS, it does include new requirements for school divisions, in partnership with DARS, as both agencies work to transition students with disabilities from secondary school to postsecondary education, training, and/or integrated competitive employment. Specifically, Section 511 of Title IV of WIOA (i) restricts school divisions from contracting with certain entities and (ii) requires school divisions to maintain and transmit additional documentation in certain instances.