ERIC Number: ED433668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
An Overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (P.L. 105-17): Update 1999. ERIC Digest E576.
Knoblauch, Bernadette; McLane, Kathleen
This digest summarizes changes in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the reauthorization and amendments of 1997, Public Law 105-17. These changes include: participation of students with disabilities in state and district-wide assessment programs, development and review of the individualized education program (IEP), enhanced parent participation in eligibility and placement decisions, streamlined student evaluation and re-evaluation requirements, a required statement of transition service needs for adolescents, availability of mediation for resolving parent-school differences, standards for disciplinary procedures for students with disabilities, and flexible age limits for identifying young children as developmentally delayed. Highlights of the new law are also identified concerning: outcomes and standards (e.g., establish student performance goals and indicators); evaluations and curriculum (e.g., accommodations and modifications needed for assessment participation), procedural safeguards (e.g., parental access to all records of their child); discipline (e.g., temporary suspension of students with disabilities); early intervention and preschool services (e.g., early intervention services in natural environments); and teacher training and preparation (training for primary grade regular teachers). (DB)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Conflict Resolution, Disabilities, Discipline, Due Process, Early Intervention, Education Work Relationship, Educational Assessment, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Transition Plans, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Education, Transitional Programs
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Library of Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997