Reducing Overidentification in Special Education (ROSE)

The Reducing Overidentification in Special Education (ROSE) grant program is a highly competitive Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) grant opportunity that will leverage remaining one-time American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Relief Funds (ESSER III) to make a substantial investment in local education agency (LEA) strategies that will mitigate long-term learning loss for students who are disproportionately likely to be misidentified as students with intellectual and/or emotional disabilities and, as a result, end up in unnecessarily restrictive classroom environments that hinder progress rather than provide the remediation and acceleration necessary within the general education classroom for these students.

MSDE will award up to three, $1,000,000 grants to local education agencies to directly address the disproportionate identification of certain student subgroups in special education populations. To that end, grants will be awarded for work that includes and addresses the overidentification of historically underserved students with intellectual and/or emotional disabilities, such as African American students, English learners, and economically disadvantaged students.

Grant Program Guidance and Grant Program Application Information

Customer Service Support Sessions


If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact the Program Monitor:
Justin Dayhoff
Assistant State Superintendent, Financial Planning, Operations, and Strategy
Office: (410) 767-0439

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted to the MSDE website following customer service support sessions.

Application Submission Dates:

Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on May 16, 2023.

​Program Milestone

​March 1, 2023

​Reducing Overidentification in Special Education Grant

​March 20, 2023

​Information session

​January 26, 2023

​Information session

​February 2, 2023

​Information session

​April 1, 2023

​Application window closes

​April - May, 2023

​The Review Committee evaluates applications

​May 2023

​MSDE announces grant awards

​May 2023 - September 2024

​Grant period