IDEA & NCLB
The two major federal education laws affecting children with disabilities are the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guarantees children and young adults with disabilities a free, appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) is the federal special education law. It gives specific requirements to ensure that students with disabilities receive the services they need to achieve their educational goals.
No Child Left Behind
The No Child Left Behind Act is a significant piece of legislation for all families, including those with children with disabilities. The main themes of the law are accountability for results, emphasis on doing what works based on scientific Research, expanded parental options, and expanded local control and flexibility.
As children with disabilities are included in statewide testing and accountability measures, it is important for parents to be aware of their rights and the intersection of No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Parent Centers can help parents understand their options.