KASB conducts workshop on recent special education decision

More than 70 educators from across the state gathered at KASB on Monday to learn about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on special education.

Sarah Loquist, KASB attorney, led a workshop on the Endrew F. v Douglas County (Colorado) School District ruling in which the court set a higher standard for schools to follow in providing education to students with disabilities.

Loquist said the previous standard to determine whether a student received appropriate education services was based on showing merely more than minimal progress. The new standard is more ambitious. The unanimous decision states that “every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives.”

Loquist said schools may need to spend more time documenting IEP meetings and progress on education goals and objectives.

Linda Aldrich, consultant and former special education teacher and administrator, talked about the problems of over identifying students for special education and said the ruling could provide opportunities to improve services for children.

KASB attorneys have prepared a summary of the Endrew F. decision.

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