IDEA Misidentification

IDEA reauthorization negotiations in the U. S. Senate, the HELP Committee, Chaired by Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire), set forth changes in the substitute bill (ConnSense). The Committee “received hundreds of e-mails and held over 80 joint meetings with interested parties to receive feedback on the introduced version of the bill. The bill passed today reflects the changes and suggestions brought forth from those discussions.” Revisions and improvements included changes to monitor special education misidentification:

“Reducing Misidentification of Non-Disabled Children

Allows for the development of new approaches [RTI] to determine whether students have specific learning disabilities by clarifying that schools are not limited to using the IQ-achievement discrepancy model.

Provides funds for training school personnel in effective teaching strategies and interventions to prevent over-identification and misidentification of children.”

A cross section of organizations were aware of changes in IDEA 97 to cut down on misidentification of at-risk school children.

“Groups Supporting The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2003:

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)

Arc of the United States

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Autism Society of America (ASA)

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSO)

Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS)

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEC)

National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

National Center for Leaning Disabilities (NCLD)

National Education Association (NEA)

National School Boards Associations (NSBA)

Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc. (TSA)

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

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