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IDEA 2004 Information Sheets

The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law on Dec. 3, 2004, by President George W. Bush. The provisions of the Act became effective on July 1, 2005, with the exception of some of the elements pertaining to the definition of a “highly qualified teacher” that took effect upon the signing of the Act. The final regulations were published on August 14, 2006. Below is a series of documents, prepared by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education that covers a variety of high-interest topics and brings together the regulatory requirements related to those topics to support constituents in preparing to implement the new regulations.1 This document addresses significant changes from preexisting regulations to the final regulatory requirements regarding the identification of specific learning disabilities.

Changes in Evaluations and Reevaluations

Procedural Safeguards Regarding Mediation

Highly Qualified Teachers

Early Intervening Services

Procedural Safeguards Regarding Surrogates, Notice and Constent

Children with Disabilities Enrolled by their Parents in Private School



Resolution Meetings and Due Process Hearings

IEP Team and Changes to the IEP

Statewide and Districtwide Assessments

State Funding


Fact Sheets

Accommodations & Modifications


Postive Behavior Support (PBS) in Practice

Postive Behavior Support (PBS) in Practice-Part 2

Research to Practive PBS 3

Links to Key Web Sites

Colorado National
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