PCG Brief: Supreme Court Ruling on Special Education

On January 11, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. As one of the most important special education cases in decades, the Court agreed to decide the level of educational benefit schools are required to provide to students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that students with disabilities who are educated most of the time outside of general education classes must have IEPs reasonably calculated for them "to make progress in light of their circumstances." The Court's ruling puts school districts on notice that IEP goals are expected to be "appropriately ambitious," and actions to address less than expected student progress are warranted.

What does this ruling mean for your schools and students? In our PCG Special Education Brief, we examine the background of the case, details of the ruling, and most importantly, what it will mean for your schools and students going forward. Learn more…

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