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Special Education

IDEA 2004

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) aligns IDEA closely to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), helping to ensure equity, accountability and excellence in education for children with disabilities.

Note that IDEA 2004 is in effect as of July 1, 2005, with the exception of the Highly Qualified provision, which has been in effect since the law's signing on December 3, 2004.

On August 14, 2006, the official copy of the final Part B regulations of the IDEA 2004 was published in the Federal Register.
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Visit the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs' (OSEP's) IDEA website: Building The Legacy: IDEA 2004

This website was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA 2004 and implementing its regulations. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. When fully implemented, the site will provide searchable versions of IDEA 2004 and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), etc.), video clips on selected topics, topic briefs on selected regulations, links to OSEP's Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network and a Q&A Corner where you can submit questions, and a variety of other information sources.


orange arrowGuidance for Implementing IDEA 2004
Tools and resources developed to assist in the transition from IDEA 97 to IDEA 2004. Topics addressed include Evaluation, IEP Development and Team Meeting, Discipline, Highly Qualified, and Instructional Support Services and Specific Learning Disability Determination.

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Last Updated: September 12, 2006
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