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ERIC Number: ED433668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
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)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1589. Tel: 800-328-0272 (Toll Free); e-mail:; Web site: .
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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