Special Education Laws

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A. 1. Free and Appropriate Public Education This mandate states that every child, abled and disabled, must be provided a free and appropriate public education. (Gargiulo, 2006) 2. Least Restrictive Environment This mandate states that if a mainstream classroom is conducive to a child’s individual needs they must be educated with children without disabilities. Every effort must be made to be inclusive of a child with disabilities in a regular classroom setting alongside children with disabilities. (Gargiulo, 2006) 3. Individualized Education Plan Upon identification of a child’s disability, an individualized education plan (IEP) must be written. These IEP’s must be updated or developed annually by a team of…show more content…
The revision required that assessments of special education students and reporting of assessment of student be handled similarly to general education students. (IDEA ’97, 2003) IDEA 2004 There were several key provisions of the 2004 revision of IDEA. One was the requirement of states to develop a comprehensive, research based method of identifying students in need of special education intervention. It also requires that teachers of core academic subjects must be highly qualified to teach both special education and the core subject they are teaching. There were also several changes made to the IEP process. One of these was allowing, with written parental and school consent, IEP team members to be excused from IEP meetings. Another was requiring, when practical, services and supplemental aids be based on peer-reviewed research. It also removed the requirement of progress reports in special education with the same frequency as general education. It also requires that students who exit special education, whether through graduation or by maximum age, be given a summary of academic and functional performance. (IDEA 2004 Final Regulations Update, 2013) PL 108-446 This revision expanded upon the definition of highly qualified teachers and gave specific requirements and established evaluation methods to determine that a special education teacher is highly qualified in special
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