March 24, 2020

COVID-19 and the IDEA

Schools in Maryland are closed through March 27, 2020, with further closures and remote learning being anticipated. Information about local Maryland schools can be found on each county website (click these links for our local schools – MCPS and PGCPS). The District of Columbia Public Schools are closed through March […]
November 6, 2018

Preparing for Parent Teacher Conferences

It’s that time of year!  Depending on the age of your child, you could be sitting with your child’s teacher in very small chairs and wondering what it is you are supposed to ask in the very short amount of time you have.  Here are some general, guiding questions to […]
March 27, 2018

New Guidance from Maryland State Department of Education

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) issued a new Technical Assistance Bulletin outlining expectations and processes for improving outcomes for students with disabilities. This bulletin provides explanations of what specially designed instruction is and is not, development of IEP goals and objectives in connection with the general education curriculum, and expectations […]
January 13, 2018

Parent Consent Part 2: Alternative Assessments and Alternative Education Programs

The Maryland Parent Consent Bill passed in April of 2017 provides parents the right to consent or refuse consent for their child to be assessed using an alternative assessment and to being placed in an alternative education program. Alternative Assessments: The Maryland alternative assessment, previously called ALT-MSA, is now referred […]
December 7, 2017

Just Released: USDE Q&A on U. S. Supreme Court Case Decision Endrew F.

The U.S. Department of Education provided guidance on Endrew F. and the impact of the Court’s decision on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Check it out using the link below.  There are 16 references to “challenging” including challenging objectives, challenging level of progress, and challenging academic content and achievement standards. […]
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