What Does the Law Say?

Zirkel, Perry A.
May 2006
Teaching Exceptional Children;May/Jun2006, Vol. 38 Issue 5, p67
Academic Journal
The article presents information on various legal perspectives of improving the skills of disabled children in the United States. It gives an idea about the Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004). The law permits response to intervention to prohibit states from requiring evidence of a severe discrepancy between ability and achievement as the basis for specific learning disability. Therefore all the statute provides more latitude for local school districts to use either or both approaches unless a state decides to prohibit severe discrepancy. The article provides information on the No Child Left Behind Act in relation to IDEA 2004. The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed regulation under this act for students with significant cognitive disabilities. But this law is separate from those under IDEA that provides for an additional 2 % allowance for students with disabilities. This is based on the level of proficiency for adequate yearly progress based on modified achievement standards.


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