Special Education

Impartial Hearing Reporting System

Section 200.5(j)(3)(xvi) requires that each board of education report information relating to the impartial hearing process including but not limited to the request for initiation and completion of each impartial hearing. Data required for impartial hearings must be submitted electronically through the Impartial Hearing Reporting System (IHRS). IHRS is a web-based data collection system designed to records information about the impartial hearing process at critical points, beginning with the initial written request for a hearing and ending with the implementations of decisions rendered in the hearing. IHRS is a "real time" system and is used to monitor New York State's due process system to ensure that impartial hearings are completed within the time periods required by federal and State law and regulation.

IHRS is a secure system and only individuals with assigned confidential passwords may access the system. School district personnel and Impartial Hearing Officers (IHOs) may request passwords to access the system. Personnel authorized by their school district may request a user account and password by contacting their delegated administrator for the State Education Department Delegated Account System (SEDDAS). Personnel may contact their school superintendent if the SEDDAS delegated administrator is not immediately known. If the SEDDAS delegated administrator experiences any problems accessing SEDDAS, assigning a username or resetting a password he or she may contact the NYSED SEDDAS Help Desk by phone: 518-473-8832 or email: seddas_help@mail.nysed.gov. The email should include the delegated administrator’s name, district and phone number. IHOs may contact NYSED to request a user account and password by email at specedih@mail.nysed.gov or by telephone at (518) 473-0170. Districts only have access to their own information and not data entered by other school districts. The same is true for IHOs who have “read only” access to their own cases.

To access the system go to www.nysed.gov, click on the “Business Portal” tab and enter your username and password by clicking on the “Log On” button at the top right corner of the page. Please contact the Department by email at: specedih@mail.nysed.gov or by telephone at (518) 473-0170 for information regarding IHRS including information on how to use the system and questions regarding the impartial hearing process.

Last Updated: October 8, 2013