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Special Education Law and Advocacy
Final Exam

Law 363 l Practice Questions l Final Exam l Answers
Review l More Quizzes l So You Want to Go to Law School?

To be a successful advocate you must gather facts and information. Advocates educate themselves about their local school district and state academic standards.

Advocates read special education laws, regulations, and cases to get answers to their questions.

Advocates know legal rights. Advocates know the procedures that parents must follow to protect their rights and their child’s right to a free, appropriate public education.

Law 363: Special Education Law and Advocacy

Pete and Pam Wright, Adjunct Professors of LawIn order to help the William & Mary School of Law jump start their special education law clinic, known as the Pele Clinic, in 2009 + 2010, for three semesters, Pete and Pam were adjunct professors of law at the Law School. They taught a substantive three credit hour course about Special Education Law and Advocacy.

For a good overview of the law and a test of your knowledge, try the final exam they administered to their students. You can download a copy below, spend as much time as you need on the questions. Then, submit an email to get the correct answers.

Practice Questions

Can you answer these practice questions correctly?

1. A child who advances steadily from grade to grade, without failing grades, cannot be classified as a child with a disability.
    True / False

2. If a parent requests a special education due process hearing against a school district, the school district must convene a resolution session in order to resolve the dispute:

a. Only if the parents are not represented by counsel.
b. Within 15 days of receiving notice of the parent’s complaint.
c. Unless a Resolution Session would “be futile.”
d. After the State has appointed an impartial mediator.

3. The primary purpose of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is__

4. In Bd. Education v. Rowley, the Supreme Court held that:

a. A deaf child is entitled to tuition reimbursement for a special education school if her home school cannot provide a free appropriate public education.
b. The school must provide a deaf child with a hearing aid, cochlear implant or sign language interpreter if this is necessary for the child to learn.
c. Children with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education that includes access to specialized instruction and related services that provide educational benefit.
d. Children with disabilities are entitled to a special education that maximizes their potential.

Ready to take the exam?

Take the Final Exam

This exam consists of:

  • 27 True-false and multiple choice questions worth 1.5 points each for a total of 40.5 points.
  • 4 Short answer questions worth 5 points each for a total of 20 points.
  • 3 Essay questions worth 10 points each for a total of 30 points.
  • 1 Bell curve drawing worth 9.5 points.

We recommend that you take 15 minutes to read the entire exam before you begin to answer the questions.

Download the final exam (PDF)


Send your answers to questions 1 through 31 via email to lawstudent |at| (replace the word “at” with @ ) and you will receive an immediate autoresponse email with the correct answers and a link to essay answers submitted by one of our law students.

In the alternative, if you prefer, you may simply send a blank email to the above email address to receive the autoresponder with the correct answers.

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About the Authors

Peter W. D. Wright, Esq., and his wife, Pamela Darr Wright are the authors of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition. The Wrights built the and websites and publish The Special Ed Advocate, the free online newsletter abo
ut special education law and advocacy.

Pete and Pam also do training programs about special education law and advocacy. To see if they are coming to your area soon, check the training schedule.

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