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ERIC Number: ED422701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Eligibility Policies and Practices for Young Children under Part B of IDEA. Nectas Notes, Number 6. Revised.
Danaher, Joan
This publication discusses the findings of a review of the eligibility classifications and criteria provided by the coordinators of the state and jurisdictional preschool program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Findings revealed seven states use only IDEA, Part B disability categories to identify eligible children of any age. In one of these seven states, the criteria for some or all of the categories are modified for younger children. Examples of modification that some states use include: (1) greater latitude for multidisciplinary teams in selecting assessment instruments and procedures; and (2) different scores or quantitative criteria for young children than for older children. Twenty-three states use all the of the Part B disability categories plus an additional category or classification unique to early childhood. However, three states use the additional category only when another disability category cannot be clearly differentiated. The eligibility policies of 15 states enumerate some, but not all, of the Part B categories, plus a category specific to early childhood. Seven states do not use any of the Part B categories for young children and use a noncategorical designation exclusively. A chart illustrating the different states' policies is included. (CR)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System, Chapel Hill, NC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B