In a ground-breaking decision the Supreme Court last week ruled that school districts must give students with disabilities an opportunity to make “appropriately ambitious” academic progress. For decades the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the law that governs how schools provide intervention and special education to children with disabilities, has guaranteed a “free, appropriate public education” (aka, FAPE) to all students with disabilities. But the law did not define “appropriate”, leading to the case the Supreme Court ruled on last week. The Court’s decision adds a little stiffening to this previously undefined term, specifying that schools must provide an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that is “appropriately ambitious”.
What does this mean for a child with a reading, spelling or writing disorder classified as a Learning Disability and qualified for services under IDEA? The current ruling seems to suggest that IEP goals must be “appropriately ambitious”, but what is meant by “appropriately ambitious” is still subject to interpretation.
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