The purpose of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is "to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education...to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living..." 20 U.S.C. 1400 (d)
Open your copy of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition to page 20. (Click here if you need to get a copy).
Read, then re-read, the purpose of IDEA.
In Who is Responsible for Providing FAPE? Pete and Pam provide answers to your questions about how to determine if your child's IEP is appropriate and provides FAPE.
The Courts have held that in order to receive FAPE, your child must receive "meaningful educational benefit" from services provided in the IEP.
How will you know if your child is receiving "meaningful educational benefit"? You must use objective information from tests that measure your child's knowledge and skills.
Read Who is Responsible for Providing FAPE? to learn why it is essential for parents to learn about tests and what they measure.
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