Special Needs Education should be as challenging as General Education says US Supreme Court

Individualized Educational Program (IEP) goals should be ambitious and challenging

On February 12, 2018, the United States District Court affirmed the U.S. Supreme Court’s findings in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, which set forth the requirement of a ‘new standard’ for determining progress on a child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) goals, such that the goals that must be appropriately ambitious and challenging.

A student’s opportunity to achieve must be “commensurate with their non-disabled peers.”

This new standard requires every state, district and school to do what it takes to make that happen.

The Court stated that, “The District’s inability to develop a formal plan or properly address Plaintiff’s behaviors that had clearly disrupted his access to educational progress starting in his second grade year does, under the new standard articulated by the Supreme Court in this case, impact the assessment of whether the educational program it offered to Petitioner was or was not reasonably calculated to enable him to make progress appropriate in light of his circumstances…. The IEP was not appropriately ambitious because it did not give [the] Petitioner the chance to meet challenging objectives under his particular circumstances.”

Are your IEP goals ambitious and challenging?

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