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ERIC Number: EJ823899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1525-7401
State Eligibility Requirements for Specific Learning Disabilities
Ahearn, Eileen M.
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v30 n2 p120-128 2009
Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004 and the IDEA regulations issued in 2006 revised the requirements for identifying students under the category of specific learning disabilities (SLD). Each state must adopt criteria based on the new requirements for determining whether a child has an SLD and local educational agencies must use the criteria adopted by their state. This article reports on the status of changes in states to comply with the revised federal requirements. The results of the survey on state SLD eligibility provide some insight into the process of changing state regulations and/or policies. The findings demonstrate that virtually every state is taking a close look at this change in the law, which is considered to be one of the most significant changes, and is taking steps to develop new state policies and procedures and deliver training as deemed necessary to implement these changes. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act