Educational Benefit
What is It? How Can You Measure It?

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ISSN: 1538-320
January 28, 2020

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image of young boy student writing in classYou know that FAPE is an individualized educational program designed to:

  • meet your child's unique needs
  • prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living, and...

a program from which your child receives educational benefit.

To receive FAPE, your child must receive meaningful educational benefit. How will you know?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about the legal concept of FAPE, who is responsible for providing a free, appropriate public education and what the courts have said about how it is delivered.

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SCOTUS Clarifies Educational Benefit

U.S. Supreme Court says, IDEA demands more. A focus on the particular child is at the core of the IDEA.

An adequate IEP and FAPE... turns on the unique circumstances of the child for whom it was created.

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Legal Concept of FAPE - Individualized Instruction

So 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.

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Using Test Results to Measure Educational Benefit

If you compare your child's educational test scores over time, you will know if he is receiving educational benefit.

To learn how to use test results to measure educational benefit, download, print, and study Tests & Measurements for the Parent, Educator, Advocate & Attorney.

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IDEA Requirement for FAPE

The legal concept of FAPE is defined in IDEA at 20 U. S. C. § 1401(9).

The IDEA statute and implementing regulations emphasize the requirement to educate children with disabilities in regular classes with their nondisabled peers. Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

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