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The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in in March 2017 raised the bar on the standard educators must set for student progress for children on individualized education programs (IEPs).

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in in March 2017 raised the bar on the standard educators must set for student progress for children on individualized education programs (IEPs). Previously, the scope of free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements had been interpreted to be met if a student’s educational program was designed to
demonstrate “merely more than ”educational benefit. The Court in  overturned that standard and held that “[t]o meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA, a school must offer an IEP that is reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”

This decision is likely to bring about some confusion as to its implementation as things unfold. To that end, the U.S. Department of Education in early-December issued an

This will hopefully offer some guidance to you and your educational professionals as you begin to apply the new standard to students with special needs in your specific districts.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

 

Terri Thomas

Director, Legal Services

Terri Thomas serves as Director of Legal Services for OPSRC. Ms. Thomas is an attorney practicing exclusively in the area of Oklahoma school law, with a primary focus on rural and smaller school districts. Prior to OPSRC, she served as legal counsel for the Organization of Rural Oklahoma Schools (OROS).

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