California Technical Assistance and Training

Priority Area: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

December 2015

Compiled by: Carol Massanari

Introduction: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is federal legislation that serves as the foundation to providing students with disabilities access to a free appropriate public education. Initial focus of IDEA has been on ensuring equal access to an education through compliance monitoring, but over time, the focus has shifted to promoting improved results through access to the general education curriculum and increased accountability for results, not only compliance. The most recent amendments to IDEA, Public Law [P.L.] 108-446, were signed into law December 3, 2004, by President George W. Bush.

Background: This reauthorization aligned IDEA with the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to ensure that children with disabilities are included in education reform and accountability efforts. Greater emphasis was placed on ensuring that children with disabilities have access to and are successful in the general curriculum by including them in the accountability systems. This priority area message has been identified by experts in the field and supports trainings and technical assistance through the California Department of Education, Special Education Division (CDE SED) contract with California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (CalSTAT) project. To request training or technical assistance that reflect any or all of the priority areas, please visit the CalSTAT Web site at http://www.calstat.org/ta.html.

Key Aspects:

  1. Improving Educational Results for Children with Disabilities
  2. Ensuring Reasonable Discipline While Promoting Safe Schools
  3. Reducing Complaints and Litigation
  4. Teachers—The Lynchpin to Success for Students with Disabilities
  5. Ensuring Appropriate Use of Funds
  6. Accessing Information Related to IDEA Regulations

RESOURCES AND WEB SITES:

  1. Improving Educational Results for Children with Disabilities
  2. Ensuring Reasonable Discipline While Promoting Safe Schools
  3. Requirements for exercising reasonable discipline and ensuring safety for all students.

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  4. Reducing Complaints and Litigation Restoring Trust and Reducing Litigation
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  6. Teachers–The Lynchpin to Success for Students with Disabilities Developing Individualized Education Programs
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  8. Ensuring Appropriate Use of Funds
  9. Accessing Information Related to IDEA Regulations