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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-446), enacted by the United States Congress on December 3, 2004, is the most recent reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), federal legislation which is specifically focused on the education of children with disabilities. As of Fall 2008, IDEA supported early intervention and special education and related services for 6.94 million children ages 0 to 21 who had been identified as having a disability or a risk of substantial developmental delay. In Fiscal Year 2010, appropriations for IDEA were $12.572 billion, out of $64.135 billion in discretionary funding for the U. S. Department of Education (ED). Section 664(b) of IDEA requires that the Secretary of Education delegate to the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) responsibility for conducting an assessment of national activities under the law, henceforth known as the "National Assessment of IDEA." The National Assessment of IDEA is distinct from the annual reports submitted by ED to Congress on the implementation of the law. The goals of the National Assessment of IDEA, as stated in the law, are threefold: (1) to determine the effectiveness of this title [IDEA] in achieving the purposes of this title; (2) to provide timely information to the President, Congress, the States, local educational agencies, and the public on how to implement this title more effectively; and (3) to provide the President and Congress with information that will be useful in developing legislation to achieve the purposes of this title more effectively. This introduction to the National Assessment of IDEA begins with a review of the purposes of the law. It then describes the general approach IES has adopted to conducting this National Assessment of IDEA and specific evaluation studies that have begun in two broad areas: (1) studies of the implementation of IDEA programs, and (2) studies of outcomes and effects associated with IDEA-related services. The rest of this overview summarizes findings from the IDEA National Assessment Implementation Study, which provides a national picture of state agency and school district implementation of IDEA. (Contains 11 exhibits and 26 endnotes.) [For the full report, "IDEA National Assessment Implementation Study. Final Report. NCEE 2011-4027," see ED522067.]

Descriptors: Special Education, Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Early Intervention, Related Services (Special Education), State Agencies, School Districts, Program Implementation, Federal Legislation, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness

National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/









Author: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=3902&id=ED522068



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