HERE AND NOW: IEP Lessons Learned Since Endrew F.
In Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, the U.S. Supreme Court discouraged courts and administrative officers from "substituting their own notion of sound educational policy" for that developed by the school district, provided the district provides "cogent and reasonable" explanations for their IEP team's decisions. Covering topics ranging from drafting “appropriately ambitious” goals to "connecting the dots" between present levels of performance and services to ensuring parental participation at IEP team meetings (truly a challenging task during the pandemic), this session highlights need-to-know aspects of post-Endrew F. IEP team decision-making based on recent case law decisions and trends.
SPOTLIGHT ON PRACTICE: Key Components of Reassessments
The law requires that districts reassess a student with a disability at least once every three years, when a student's changed needs merit a reassessment or upon parental or teacher request. Keeping in mind the backlog of reassessments facing most districts as a result of COVID-19 closures, our presentation focuses on the essentials of a compliant and defensible reassessment. Drawing practical lessons from recent decisions, we will discuss the review of existing data, the observation component, assessment reports and much more.
This highly popular session provides an overview of the most important recent cases from the Office of Administrative Hearings and the courts—and why they matter to special educators. We also highlight new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on several relevant topics, as well as newsworthy legal developments affecting special education in educators in California. We also highlight new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on several relevant topics, as well as newsworthy legal developments affecting special educators in California. And, of course, we will provide any late-breaking legal developments related to COVID-19 and our schools.