Special Education Stakeholder groups have continued their work into month three. On August 1, 2017, early childhood special education experts, including teachers and professors, met via phone and in person at the Illinois State Board of Education to finalize recommendations to the Early Childhood Special Education approval. Discussion continued regarding updating distribution areas, testing considerations, and special education standards. Stakeholders from both the Blind and Visually Impaired and Deaf and Hard of Hearing field also met August 1 via phone conference to discuss results from the survey that was conducted. Members suggested extending the expiration date of the survey to accommodate those individuals, specifically in the BVI field, that may not have had an opportunity to complete it. The group determined that further analysis would be done, with a formal recommendation to be made during the September meeting. The LBS1 Stakeholder group met via virtual meeting with ISBE as host on August 3rd. There were six members present. Robust discussion continued in regards to standards, field experience, hiring issues, and potential recommendations for LBS1 grade band specific endorsement. The team chair assigned next steps for the early September meeting in which members will finalize recommendations to be presented to ISBE. On August 7, the LBSII and DSE group met via virtual meeting to discuss a tiered approach option and what those requirements would look like for each tier. The team chair updated working documents to help formulate recommendations. A follow up August 30th meeting is scheduled to ensure final recommendations will be ready for submission. All stakeholder groups will work on a final recommendation over the next month and will submit written recommendations to ISBE by September 30, 2017.