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ERIC Number: ED529958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
Parent Participation in State Monitoring. inForum
Ahearn, Eileen
Project Forum
Since its enactment in 1975, the federal special education law, now called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), has made each state responsible for the compliance of all their local education agencies (LEAs) and other public agencies that provide special education for students with disabilities. The 2004 reauthorization of the law (P.L. 108-446) added a new section (Section 616) on monitoring and enforcement (subsequently more clearly described in the IDEA regulations [34 CFR Section 300.600]). Section 300.149 of the regulations requires that a state have in effect policies and procedures "to ensure that it complies with the monitoring and enforcement requirements in Section 300.600." On-site verification visits constitute one monitoring strategy used by states to comply with the IDEA requirements to monitor LEAs. Historically, the composition of on-site visiting teams has varied among states--some used only state educational agency (SEA) staff, some included local education agency (LEA) peers, parents or other community members and some contracted with private vendors for this component of their monitoring programs. To examine current practice in using parents on monitoring teams, Project Forum staff surveyed state directors of special education and analyzed the information provided by those who responded. Project Forum completed this task as part of its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). (Contains 2 tables and 6 footnotes.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act