ERIC Number: EJ1070633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
The "Red Flags" for Child Find under the IDEA: Separating the Law from the Lore
Zirkel, Perry A.
Exceptionality, v23 n3 p192-209 2015
A comprehensive search identified 42 court decisions from late 1996 to early 2014 concerning the primary modern meaning of child find under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)--whether the district had reasonable suspicion of eligibility and yet did not evaluate the child. The findings from a systematic analysis of these court decisions included (a) an upward trajectory in their frequency; (b) an outcome ratio of 2:1 in favor of the defendant school districts; (c) specific learning disabilities and emotional disabilities as the leading suspected IDEA classifications and attention deficit disorder as the predominant professional diagnosis; (d) wide dispersion across the K-12 grade levels; and (e) hospitalization as the only one of various factors characterized in typical training materials as "red flags" of reasonable suspicion the case law supported to serve this metaphoric role.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Disabilities, Equal Education, Court Litigation, Disability Identification, Clinical Diagnosis, Instructional Program Divisions, Educational Diagnosis, Eligibility
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act