Federal Law and Regulations

IDEA 2004

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) ensures that all children with disabilities have a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and that the rights of such children and their parents are protected. It also aligns to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

IDEA 2004 focuses on improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities and expanding opportunities to reduce disagreements between schools and parents.

Federal Law and Regulations
  • Feb24

    U.S. Department of Education Takes Action to Deliver Equity for Students with Disabilities

    The U.S. Department of Education took a critical step toward addressing widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities, proposing a new rule to improve equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Read More…

  • Feb18

    King announces guidance to states to help reduce testing

    Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. recently announced new guidance to help states identify and eliminate low-quality, redundant or unhelpful testing. Read More…

  • Feb18

    ED Issues Guidance on Flexibilities for Transition to ESSA

    On December 18, 2015, The U. S. Department of Education issued guidance to help states make the transition to the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidance, in the form of a Dear Colleague letter provided information regarding activities that are affected by the ESSA reauthorization. The letter covered ED’s expectations regarding Title I assessment peer review; annual measurable objectives (AMOs) and annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAOs) for school years 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 as well as other areas. Read More…

  • Feb18

    Education Department Issues New Guidance on Implementing ESSA

    On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The reauthorized law prioritizes excellence and equity for students and supports great educators. The work of LEAs provides a strong foundation to help ensure that every child graduates from high school ready for college and careers. The ESSA reinforces their efforts, and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) looks forward to supporting LEAs during the upcoming transition and throughout ESSA implementation. Read More…

  • Dec03

    New Guidance Issued on Aligning IEPs with Grade-Level Academic Standards

    To ensure that children with disabilities are held to high expectations and have meaningful access to a State’s academic content standards, The U.S Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter to provide State and local educational agencies (LEAs) with information to assist them in meeting their obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations in developing individualized education programs (IEPs) for children with disabilities. Read More…

  • Dec03

    New IDEA Guidance released for Pediatricians

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) entitles every affected child in the United States from infancy to young adulthood to a free appropriate public education through Early Intervention (EI) and special education services. These services bolster development and learning of children with various disabilities. Since pediatric health care providers play a vital role in supporting the health and well-being of children and adolescents in all settings, The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a clinical report that provides pediatric health care providers with a summary of key components of the most recent version of the IDEA. Guidance is also provided to ensure that every child in need receives the EI and special education services to which he or she is entitled regardless of setting, including early intervention, preschool, and school environments. The report also highlights how Section 504 and the ADA relate to pediatric health care providers. Read More…

  • Nov24

    Department of Education Releases New Guidance on Learning Disabilities

    In response to communications from stakeholders, including parents, advocacy groups, and national disability organizations, who believe that State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) are reluctant to reference or use the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in evaluations, eligibility determinations, or in developing the individualized education program (IEP) under the IDEA, the Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague letter released October 23, 2015. In the letter, Michael Yudin, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services clarified that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of those terms for the aforementioned purposes. Read More…