The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Interactions with Selected Provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA)

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the No Child Left
Behind Act (NCLBA) are two of the most significant federal statutes relating to
education. Although both have the goal of improving education — IDEA for
children with disabilities and NCLBA for all children — the two statutes take
different approaches. IDEA focuses on the individual child, with an emphasis on
developing an individualized education program (IEP) and specific services for
children with disabilities, while NCLBA takes a more global view, with an emphasis
on closing gaps in achievement test scores and raising the aggregate scores of all
demographic groups of pupils to specific levels. The relationship of IDEA and NCLBA has become of increasing significance
because of this recent reauthorization of IDEA and guidance and regulations from the
U.S. Department of Education (ED) on NCLBA issues related to the education of
children with disabilities. This report will provide a brief overview of IDEA and
NCLBA, a discussion of the intersection of selected provisions of IDEA and
NCLBA, and a discussion of ED regulations and guidance regarding IDEA and
NCLBA. The report concludes with a discussion of possible issues related to the
interaction of IDEA and NCLBA.

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Creation Date: December 22, 2005
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Apling, Richard N.

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Jones, Nancy Lee

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Description:

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the No Child Left
Behind Act (NCLBA) are two of the most significant federal statutes relating to
education. Although both have the goal of improving education — IDEA for
children with disabilities and NCLBA for all children — the two statutes take
different approaches. IDEA focuses on the individual child, with an emphasis on
developing an individualized education program (IEP) and specific services for
children with disabilities, while NCLBA takes a more global view, with an emphasis
on closing gaps in achievement test scores and raising the aggregate scores of all
demographic groups of pupils to specific levels. The relationship of IDEA and NCLBA has become of increasing significance
because of this recent reauthorization of IDEA and guidance and regulations from the
U.S. Department of Education (ED) on NCLBA issues related to the education of
children with disabilities. This report will provide a brief overview of IDEA and
NCLBA, a discussion of the intersection of selected provisions of IDEA and
NCLBA, and a discussion of ED regulations and guidance regarding IDEA and
NCLBA. The report concludes with a discussion of possible issues related to the
interaction of IDEA and NCLBA.

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