This section examines several key issues involved in special education services as mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), amended in 2004. For information on recent changes to the law, check our featured section on IDEA 2004. Be sure to also learn about the laws and regulations that govern special education in your state.
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Learn the rules from 1997 Amendments to IDEA for students who have behavior problems- including developing functional behavioral assessment and behavioral intervention plans, particularly as they pertain to discipline.
Parents and advocacy groups: What do you say when you talk to your state officials about high stakes tests and statewide education assessments? Read this article for questions you can ask to assess the full and fair inclusion of students with disabilities. Assure that they receive the accommodations they need to show what they know.
Teachers and IEP teams: Review the examples of accommodations for testing in this article. They were drawn from 47 states that administer statewide examinations. Accommodations are divided into four categories, when the test is taken (scheduling), where the test is taken (environment), how the test is given (presentation), and how the student answers the questions (response).
Students covered under Section 504 may participate in school activities beyond the classroom. However, the schools must pay for any changes required to accommodate that participation. Do you know what those costs may be? Does your school district? Find out if anyone does.