IDEA 2004: Publications & Reports
Law & Regs l Commentary l Guidance l Articles
Publications l Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition
Many legal, educational and advocacy organizations have published reports about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004). The IDEA 2004 Publications, Reports & Resources Page includes links to these reports and publications. The contents of this page will change as more reports are published. The page also includes background information and reports about IDEA that were prepared during the reauthorization process.
If you are the parent of a child with a disability, you need to be familiar with changes in IDEA 2004 that will affect your child. If you are an educator, IDEA 2004 is likely to lead to significant changes to your work. Read these reports. Familiarize yourself with the issues.
Mellard, Daryl and the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities. Understanding Responsiveness to Intervention in Learning Disabilities Determination.
Article describes core features associated with RTI including the use of assessment to match students with appropriate instruction. Other core features are: high quality classroom instruction, research based instruction, classroom performance, universal screening of academics and behavior, continuous progress monitoring, research based interventions, progress monitoring during interventions, and fidelity measures (that the intervention was implemented as intended and with consistency). Since several versions of RTI have been implemented, the article describes common attributes including tiers of increasingly intense student interventions; differentiated curriculum; variations in duration, frequency, and time of interventions; placement decisions.
Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates (COPAA)
publication is available in one
PDF file of 190 pages and in 8 separate files as shown below.
Additions to the law are marked with underlining and italics. Text
deleted from the statute is marked with strike throughs.
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)
A User's Guide to IDEA 2004 by Robert Silverstein identifies additions, deletions, and important modifications to IDEA 2004 and includes legislative history. The Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations that has issued position statements about IDEA issues.
National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems (NAPAS)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004: Overview, Explanation and Comparison of IDEA 2004 & IDEA 97 by Peter W. D. Wright, Esq. describes the substantive changes to the five key statutes of IDEA 2004 by section and subsection. Text added to IDEA 2004 is in italics. Text deleted from IDEA 97 has been
Congressional Research Service
publication focuses on changes in Part B of IDEA, the section that
authorizes special education for children with disabilities ages 3
to 21. The report describes requirements for highly qualified special
education teachers, provisions about the structure of special education
and related services, and procedural safeguards that guarantee schools
provide FAPE to children with disabilities. (47 pages)
Council of Exceptional Children (CEC)
New IDEA; CEC's Summary of Significant Issues published by the
Council of Exceptional Children
describes key issues and implications for CEC members. Issues include
highly qualified special education teachers, paperwork reduction;
personnel standards for related services providers and paraprofessionals;
early intervention; overidentification of minority children; changes
in discrepancy model;
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
The New IDEA: A Summary of Significant Reforms describes changes in identification of children with learning disabilities; elimination discrepancy models; discipline; reevaluations; early intervening services; IEP changes; personnel standards; child medication. (7 pages)
National Down Syndrome Congress
National Committee of Parents & Advocates Organized to Protect IDEA
National Center on Secondary Education & Transition
Provisions on Transition - A side-by-side analysis of requirements
about transition; identifies major changes between IDEA 1997 and IDEA
2004 published by The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition
Formats How to Order Discounts The E-book
Background Reports: IDEA 2004 Reauthorization
National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems (NAPAS)
Senate Bill 1248 & House Bill 1350 & IDEA-97: Side-by-Side Comparison (142 pages) by the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS)
Presidents Commission on Excellence in Special Education
Presidents Commission on Excellence in Special Education (2002). A new era: Revitalizing special education for children and their families. Washington, DC.
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) was established to provide national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency.
Read Accountability for Students with Disabilities.
National Council on Disability (NCD)
to School on Civil Rights: Advancing the Federal Commitment to Leave
No Child Behind (IDEA Compliance Report) published by the
National Council On Disability
(NCD), an independent government agency. NCD's statutory mandate requires the
Council to "Review and evaluate all statutes and regulations pertaining
to federal programs that assist people with disabilities, to assess
their effectiveness in meeting the needs of these people."
the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:
Making Schools Work for All of America's Children (1996);
Government Accounting Office (GAO)
The Government Accounting Office (GAO) is the investigative arm of Congress. The GAO conducted a study about discipline and concluded that the discipline protections of the IDEA are working and do not need to be changed.
To get this GAO report, Student Discipline-Individuals With Disabilities Act, go to http://www.gao.gov/ and search for report # GAO-01-210.
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
Rethinking Special Education for a New Century (May 2001). Examines special education provided to 6 million children with disabilities, identifies problems, analyzes causes, suggests solutions; recommends sweeping changes in federal special ed policy. If you are a consumer or provider, you should read this book! Order a free bound copy from The Fordham Foundation at 1-888-823-7474.
Child Left Behind: What Will it Take? (February 2002). Identifies
questions left unresolved by Congress and the many hurdles facing the
U.S. Education Department and states, districts, and schools as they
try to make this ambitious law a reality; offers suggestions for clearing
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