The Education Dept. releases a new guidance for school districts to help address the needs of students with disabilities who are covered under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act programs. There are about six million IDEA protected students in the country.
The guidance clarifies that students with disabilities should not only have access to a free appropriate public education, but also they should have individualized education programs (IEPs) that are aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled. It will help to ensure that all students receive high-quality instruction that prepares them for success in college and careers, DoEd said.
“In the 40 years since this law was enacted, we have moved beyond simply providing children and youth with disabilities access to the school house,” said Education Secy. Arne Duncan. “We want to assure that these students have no less than the same equal shot at the American dream as their nondisabled peers.”
In addition to the guidance, the department also is sharing resources:
- Website Featuring Best Practices from the Field – The department created a new website to house resources developed by its grantees on effective IEPs, instructional practices, assessments, student engagement, school climate, home and school partnerships, and post-school transition.
- Classroom Strategies for Teachers – The department compiled tips for teachers with evidence-based, positive, proactive and responsive classroom behavior intervention and support strategies.
- Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Implementation Blueprint for Educators – The National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports prepared a new two-part blueprint on teaching behavioral expectations throughout schools.