On June 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education issued new regulations aligning the IDEA to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. The new regulations removed terminology from the No Child Left Behind Act. The new regulations are not expected to significantly alter special education practices, but are noteworthy in a few important areas.
The updated rules mostly implement technical corrections to a few areas in the IDEA. Essentially, the new regulations replace terminology from No Child Left Behind with language more closely aligned to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Specifically:
- Regular High School Diploma has been amended to exclude diplomas based on alternate academic achievement standards and a general equivalency diploma, a certificate of completion or attendance or another credential.
- Alternate Assessments have been changed to reflect an emphasis on students with significant cognitive disabilities taking assessments based on alternate academic achievement standards. IEP teams should make the difference in assessments for those based on grade-level achievement standards compared to those based on alternate academic achievement standards.
- Technical Assistance to Schools has been edited to reflect promises of support and improvement activities for consistent underperformance of students with disabilities.
The amendments can be found with the link below.