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Appraising the Progress of IDEA in Educating Children with Disabilities

National Impact of IDEA to Date

1. IDEA-reported data indicate that rates of identification for young children with disabilities have been steadily increasing over the past 10 years and that more youths with disabilities are graduating from high school.

A. True

B. False


2. According to recent data, millions of students with disabilities have been educated in general education classrooms for at least part of the day, and __________ of all students with all disabilities were educated in their local neighborhood schools.

A. 80 percent

B. 85 percent

C. 90 percent

D. 95 percent


Public Law 94-142

3. When it was passed in 1975, P.L. 94-142 guaranteed a free appropriate public education to each child with a disability, as well as each of the following EXCEPT:

A. Assurance that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected

B. Appropriate training for special education teachers and related specialists

C. Assistance to states and localities to provide for the education of all children with disabilities

D. Assessment of the effectiveness of efforts to educate all children with disabilities


Examples of Early Childhood Accomplishments Due to IDEA

4. As a result of IDEA, Global Family Assistance Plans (GFAPs) have been developed and implemented to identify and meet the unique needs of each infant and toddler with a disability and his or her family.

A. True

B. False


Culturally Relevant Instructional Principles

5. Which of the following is NOT one of the currently relevant instructional principles that has resulted from IDEA?

A. Examine not only the individual child, but also his or her instructional environment, using direct observational data

B. Create classroom environments that reflect different cultural heritages and accommodate different styles of communication and learning

C. Link assessments of student progress directly to abstract norms that appear on standardized tests

D. Develop and implement family-friendly practices to establish collaborative partnerships with parents and other caregivers, including those who do not speak English


6. IDEA requires active parent participation throughout the educational process, including the development of the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), and it now mandates that schools report progress to parents of children with disabilities more frequently than they do to parents of nondisabled children.

A. True

B. False


Continued Progress Over the Past 10 Years

7. The accountability provisions in the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA called for states to:

A. Establish targets for the participation rate and proficiency rate for students with disabilities in assessments

B. Require that families, professionals, and community representatives work together to enhance the educational opportunities for children with disabilities

C. Support the provision of culturally relevant instruction for diverse learners in inclusive environments

D. Promote research institutes and model demonstration projects that develop and validate effective approaches for integrating children with significant disabilities with their classmates


8. The 2004 amendments to IDEA has allowed states and localities to employ a response to intervention (RTI) framework that includes universal screening to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes or challenging behavior who may benefit from more intensive instruction.

A. True

B. False


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