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
  • Jun22

    Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Learning Settings

    The White House is announcing a new Federal policy statement from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education on better supporting our country’s youngest dual language learners (DLLs) in early childhood programs. Read more…

  • Jun21

    ED Releases Updated FAQ on Transitioning to ESSA

    The Secretary of Education is offering guidance on transitioning from the ESEA, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) to the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA. This guidance includes actions the U.S. Department of Education has taken or will take consistent with its authority under section 4(b) of NCLB to the ESSA to support States, LEAs, and schools in this transition. The Education Department has prepared these frequently asked questions (FAQs) to support states and LEAs in understanding expectations during the transition to full implementation of the ESSA. Read more…

  • May26

    Proposed ESSA Regulation Supports Well-Rounded Education, Protects All Students

    In a major step toward implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and providing important clarity for parents, students, and educators about the new law, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced proposed regulations to implement the law’s accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions. The regulations would replace the narrow, one-size-fits-all approach that defined ESSA’s predecessor, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), with new flexibility for states and districts; a more holistic approach to measuring a quality education that will help prepare all students for success; and strong protections to ensure the progress of all students. It also reinforces ESSA’s strong commitment to transparency and ensures meaningful engagement and an active role for parents, teachers, students, community leaders, and other stakeholders in implementing the new law. Read more…

  • May26

    OSERS Issues Guidance on Children in Nursing Homes

    Recognizing that there is a need for further guidance ensuring that children with disabilities residing in nursing homes are evaluated in a timely manner and receive appropriate special education and related services, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) recently issued a letter to clarify that children with disabilities who reside in nursing homes and their parents have the same rights under IDEA that apply to all other IDEA-eligible children, and to highlight some of the IDEA requirements that are especially relevant to the needs of this unique population. The letter also identifies best practices to assist States and their public agencies in meeting the educational needs of these children. Read more…

  • May05

    U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance for Schools on Leveraging Federal Funding to Support STEM Education

    The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a Dear Colleague Letter to states, school districts, schools and education partners on how to maximize federal funds to support and enhance innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for all students. Read more…

  • May05

    New Report on Homeless Youth

    The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education have released a new report titled Surrogate Parents and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Read more…

  • 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…