Learn Your Special Education Laws, Special Education Rights, and Share IEP Goal Ideas

Aug 05
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by Doug Goldberg

How well do you think you understand the law that governs Special Education?  Test your IEP knowledge by answering these ten basic questions regarding IEPs and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  You will find a link at the end of the questions that will take you to the answers. 

  1. The U.S. Supreme Court has frequently used the phrase “corenerstone of the IDEA” when referring to:
    1. Individual Education Plan
    2. 504 Plan
    3. Behavior Intervention Plan
    4. Individualized Education Program


  2. In the court case Winkelman v. Parma City School District 05-983 (2007), the U.S. Supreme Court held that parents have independent rights under IDEA:
    1. False
    2. True


  3. Parents request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) after disagreeing with the District’s evaluation.  The Parents have a right to an IEE at public expense:
    1. If the district does not institute a due process hearing to prove the validity of its assessment.
    2. Never, but they have the right to have any private assessments considered by the IEP team.
    3. Only if the parents request the IEE within 10 days of the IEP meeting
    4. Once every three years during the triennial assessment.


  4. Preschool children age 3 to 5 who have an IEP have the right to placement in the Least Restrictive Environment.
    1. True
    2. False


  5. In Shaffer v. Weast, 546 U. S. (2005) the supreme court placed the burden of proof at a due process hearing on:
    1. The Parent
    2. The One that files for Due Process, whether the District or the Parent
    3. The District


  6. If parents and district do not agree on placement being in the least restrictive environment and it proceeds to a hearing, an appellate court judge in the 9thCircuit will consider which of the following factors;
    1. Cost
    2. Academic benefit
    3. Effect on teacher and other Students
    4. Nonacademic benefit
    5. All of the above


  7. To qualify under IDEA for an IEP, the student must:
    1. Have a note from the student’s doctor.
    2. Have a disability
    3. Demonstrate a need for Special Education
    4. Both “B” and “C”


  8. “Prior Written Notice” mean that:
    1. A school district must inform parents of the placement the district is recommending prior to an IEP Team meeting.
    2. A school district must inform parents of the services the district is recommending prior to an IEP Team meeting
    3. A school district must provide parents with a written notice whenever the district proposes or refuses to initiate or change the identification, assessment, placement or provision of FAPE to the child.


  9. The First Supreme Court Case regarding IDEA was Hendrick Hudson Board of Education. v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176 (1982) it:
    1. Set the standard for what is a “Free Appropriate Public Education”. The ruling provided children with disabilities access to public schools that also provided a basic floor of opportunity. It was suggested one way to tell if the child was receiving FAPE would be if the child has passing grades in classes and is advancing to higher grades.
    2. Defined the scope of related services and created the medical exception rule.  The District must provide all support services necessary unless a physician is needed to provide the service.
    3. Gave parents the right to reimbursement of private school tuition in certain situations.  If the School District’s offer didn’t meet the definition of FAPE and the parent’s private school placement did give FAPE then they could get reimbursed.  The parent’s who privately place their children and seek reimbursement do it at their own financial risk.


  10. With the reauthorization of IDEA in 2004, school districts are no longer required to inform students of their rights upon reaching the age of majority:
    1. True
    2. False

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