Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004
Title I: Amendments to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act - (Sec. 101) Amends the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to revise and reauthorize its programs.

A complete summary of the law and the statutory changes can be found at the Thomas section of the library of Congress.   Summary of the law.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP’s) IDEA website: Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004

This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. The site provides searchable versions of IDEA 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. As items are completed and added to this site, we invite you to grow and learn with us as we implement these regulations.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
Public Law 108- 446: IDEA 2004


Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004

This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. The site will provide searchable versions of IDEA 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. As items are completed and added to this site, we invite you to grow and learn with us as we implement these regulations.


OSEP IDEA 2004 Part B Regulations Topic Briefs

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has developed a series of 19 topic briefs around several high-interest areas of IDEA. Topic briefs include a summary of all relevant statutory language around that topic, the citations and a cross-reference, when applicable, to other related briefs.  On the OSEP website, see left side bar and click on topic.  Topic Brief for that topic appears at the top of the window.

The complete set of OSEP Briefs is located on the IDEA Partnership website at:



The IDEA Partnership has also written Dialogue Guides around the IDEA 2004 Topic Briefs. The Dialogue guides for IDEA 2004 Regulatory provisions are also located on the official OSEP website: Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004


Model Forms
As part of the 2004 reauthorization of the IDEA, Congress included a requirement that:
"Not later than the date that the Secretary publishes final regulations under this title, to implement amendments made by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the Secretary shall publish and disseminate widely to states, local educational agencies, and parent and community training and information centers."
The model forms are provided below:

Introduction to the IDEA 2004 Model Forms        WORD | PDF

Individualized Education Program (IEP)       WORD | PDF

Notice of Procedural Safeguards         WORD | PDF

Prior Written Notice            WORD | PDF


Fact sheet: Measuring the Achievement of Students with Disabilities: What families and schools need to know about modified academic achievement standards             HTML | PDF


Secretary's "Tool Kit" Provides Guidance on Assessing Students with Disabilities.


OSEP Policy-related Publications and Letters (Under Section 607 of the IDEA)

These are indexed by title. Please note the following OSEP disclaimer about these documents:

Disclaimer: Letters issued prior to December 3, 2004, may not be consistent with the IDEA, as revised by P.L. 108-446. Letters issued prior to August 14, 2006 may not be consistent with the final regulations for Part B published on that date at 71 Federal Register 46540. Readers are advised to consult with the current statute and final regulations.


National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) – Home page

Part B Indicators

Building the Legacy: A Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004

Building the Legacy gives you training modules covering the major topics within IDEA 2004.  Materials for each module include: a PowerPoint presentation, handouts for participants, detailed background text, plus supplemental resources for trainers. You can use these materials to inform yourself or to train others.

Spanish Modules: Building the Legacy on IDEA 2004
NICHCY translated 8 modules from the IDEA 2004 training curriculum into Spanish and all of the handouts for participants. Look for the double red stars (**) to find our unofficial translations.










The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
Public Law 108- 446: IDEA 2004


Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004
This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. The site will provide searchable versions of IDEA 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. As items are completed and added to this site, we invite you to grow and learn with us as we implement these regulations.


Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) - Home Page

OSEP issued Q&A documents regarding the implementation of IDEA 2004 regulations.
Question and Answer Documents




Model Forms

As part of the 2004 reauthorization of the IDEA, Congress included a requirement that:
"Not later than the date that the Secretary publishes final regulations under this title, to implement amendments made by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the Secretary shall publish and disseminate widely to states, local educational agencies, and parent and community training and information centers."
The model forms are provided below:

Introduction to the IDEA 2004 Model Forms        WORD | PDF

Individualized Education Program (IEP)       WORD | PDF

Notice of Procedural Safeguards         WORD | PDF

Prior Written Notice            WORD | PDF




Modified Academic Achievement Standards: Non-Regulatory Guidance (Draft) April 2007

Fact sheet:
Measuring the Achievement of Students with Disabilities: What families and schools need to know about modified academic achievement standards   HTML | PDF


Significant Policy Guidance Documents Under Executive Order #13422:
Guidance on Homeless Children with Disabilities.
This Q&A document provides state and local educational officials, early intervention services providers and homeless assistance coordinators with information to assist with implementation of the requirements of the IDEA and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
MS Word | PDF



Other Policy-related Publications and Products:
Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
OSEP issued this guidance to provide states with information regarding the use of funds provided under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop and implement coordinated early intervening services (CEIS) for students who are currently not identified as needing special education.


FY 2010 Determination Letters on State Implementation of IDEA

OSERS released state determinations on implementation of the IDEA for Part B and Part C for fiscal year 2006. Under the act, the Education Department is required to issue annual determination letters to each state on their progress in meeting the requirements of the statute.


Secretary's "Tool Kit" Provides Guidance on Assessing Students with Disabilities.


OSEP Policy-related Publications and Letters (Under Section 607 of the IDEA)
These are indexed by title. Please note the following OSEP disclaimer about these documents:

Disclaimer: Letters issued prior to December 3, 2004, may not be consistent with the IDEA, as revised by P.L. 108-446. Letters issued prior to August 14, 2006 may not be consistent with the final regulations for Part B published on that date at 71 Federal Register 46540. Readers are advised to consult with the current statute and final regulations.



OSEP IDEA 2004 Part B Regulations Topic Briefs
On OSEP website, see left side bar and click on topic.  Topic Brief for that topic appears at the top of the window.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has developed a series of 19 topic briefs around several high-interest areas of IDEA. Topic briefs include a summary of all relevant statutory language around that topic, the citations and a cross-reference, when applicable, to other related briefs.

The complete set of OSEP Briefs is located on the IDEA Partnership website at:
The IDEA Partnership has also written Dialogue Guides around the IDEA 2004 Topic Briefs. The Dialogue guides for IDEA 2004 Regulatory provisions are also located on the official OSEP website: Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004



National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) at CAST – Home Page

NIMAS in IDEA 2004

NIMAS Frequently Asked Questions

State Director of Special Education Suggested Responsibilities Regarding NIMAS & NIMAS


OSEP Guidance on NIMAS

IDEA – Reauthorized Statute: National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)

NIMAS 1.1 HTML download

Federal Register Content (without the spec)

Detailed list of all spec changes to date





The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act

Public Law 108- 446: IDEA 2004

IDEA 2004--Part B Final Regulations
The U.S. Department of Education has announced the final
Part B regulations to implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). The regulations and other IDEA 2004 resources are available on the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) website. These regulations took effect on October 13, 2006.

HTML | PDF




U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP’s) IDEA website: Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004

This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. The site will provide searchable versions of IDEA 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.


Regulations
NOTE: This is the official document published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2007and which took effect on May 9, 2007.


The U.S. Department of Education has released final regulations under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) providing additional flexibility to states to more appropriately measure the achievement of certain students with disabilities. These regulations allow states to develop modified academic achievement standards that are challenging for eligible students and measure a student's mastery of grade-level content, but are less difficult than grade-level achievement standards. The new regulations are part of an ongoing effort to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, fully participate in a state's accountability system and are assessed in an appropriate and accurate manner.

 


Modified Academic Achievement Standards: Non-Regulatory Guidance (Draft) April 2007

Fact sheet: Measuring the Achievement of Students with Disabilities: What families and schools need to know about modified academic achievement standards

HTML | PDF



OSEP IDEA 2004 Part B Regulations Topic Briefs.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has developed a series of 19 topic briefs around several high-interest areas of IDEA. Topic briefs include a summary of all relevant statutory language around that topic, the citations and a cross-reference, when applicable, to other related briefs. You will find the topic briefs by clicking on the topic title on the left sidebar.

The complete set of OSEP Briefs is also located on the
IDEA Partnership website at:

The IDEA Partnership has also written Dialogue Guides around the IDEA 2004 Topic Briefs. (NOTE: The Dialogue guides for IDEA 2004 Regulatory provisions are also located on the official OSEP website: Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004)





National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) at CAST Home Page




Final Regulations - Part C

IDEA 2004 Final Regulations for Part C have not yet been released. 



NICHCY – Home page
Part C of IDEA: Early Intervention for Babies and Toddlers
Under IDEA Part C, infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-3) and their families receive early intervention services. Early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-3) have been a part of IDEA since 1986. This section of the law is commonly known as Part C of IDEA. New proposed regulations for Part C were issued May 9, 2007 by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education. These regulations, when issued in their final form, will reflect the changes resulting from IDEA 2004 and provide guidance to States on how Part C is to be implemented.


You can access and read the proposed Part C regulations at:

 

Final Regulations - Part D
IDEA Part D – Personnel Development Final Regulations


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act


Public Law 108- 446: IDEA 2004

The Law (pdf)

The Act is organized into the following titles:
Title I—Amendments to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.
Title II—National Center for Special Education Research.
Title III—Miscellaneous Provisions.

Summary