The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides the guidelines for what school personnel must do, and are held accountable for, in their educational assessments and evaluations of children with disabilities. However, there is a great deal of confusion and misperception about what the Act and Regulations mean and how they should be interpreted and applied. Written in the user-friendly and well-known Essentials format, this book provides the first concise, authoritative guide of its kind for school psychologists, administrators, teachers, and other school service providers who must be knowledgeable regarding these laws and regulations.
Guy McBride, PhD, recently retired from his career as a school psychologist in public schools. He is also a licensed practicing psychologist. Ron Dumont, EdD, NCSP, is Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. John O. Willis, EdD, is a Senior Lecturer in Assessment at Rivier College.
Series Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii One Overview of the IDEA 2004 1 Two IDEA Terminology 23 Three IDEA and Evaluations/Assessments 49 Four Special Considerations When Testing for Specific Learning Disabilities 77 Five IDEA and Classifi cation/Eligibility 107 Six IDEA and Behavior 139 Seven IDEA, Section 504, and ADA 157 Eight IDEA and Damages 179 Nine FERPA and the PPRA: Confidential Records 199 Appendix A Common Abbreviations and Acronyms 227 Appendix B CD-ROM Contents 231 References 249 Annotated Bibliography 261 Author Index 265 Subject Index 267 About the Authors 285 About the CD-ROM 287