Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004)

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.