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Title: Appropriate Identification of Children with Disabilities for IDEA Services: A Report from Recent National Estimates
Description: Appropriately identifying children with disabilities--in ways that are timely, comprehensive, and accurate--is critical for ensuring that learners receive the supports they need to meet early milestones and succeed in school. In turn, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) charges states and school districts with: (1) finding all children, birth through age 21, suspected of having a disability; (2) evaluating them to determine if they are eligible for IDEA services; and (3) measuring and addressing racial or ethnic disparities in who is identified. Since IDEA's reauthorization in 2004, there is greater access to data and more sophisticated approaches to screen for and detect certain disabilities, an increasingly diverse child population, and new regulations on how to measure disparities in identification. This report examines how state and district practices during the 2019-2020 school year aligned with IDEA’s goals of appropriate identification.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: June 2024
Web Release: June 11, 2024
Print Release:
Publication #: NCEE 2024004
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCEE
Associated Centers: IES
Type of Product: Evaluation Report
Questions: For questions about the content of this Evaluation Report, please contact:
Lauren Angelo.