History of Special Education Law

History of Special Education Law

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Assessment Description

It is important for the special educator leader to understand the history and reasoning behind the laws governing the discipline. This assignment will help you to synthesize your research on the history of special education law, evaluate how the history influenced the purpose and structure of IDEA, and consider possible needed updates and changes to IDEA in the upcoming reauthorization.
General Requirements: Use the following information to ensure the successful completion of the assignment:

  • Refer to “Recommendations for Change Public Law 108-446: Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004).” This resource is available on the Internet. One possible link is: https://www.casecec.org/assets/IDEA%20Reauthorization%20Recommendations%20July%202017.pdf
  • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • Refer to Chapters 2-4 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.) for specific guidelines related to doctoral-level writing. These chapters contain essential information on manuscript structure and content, clear and concise writing, and academic grammar and usage.
  • This assignment requires that at least two additional scholarly research sources related to this topic, and at least one in-text citation from each source be included.
  • You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.

Directions: Write a paper of 1,500-1,750 words in which you summarize the Council of Administrators of Special Education Recommendations for Change: Public Law 108-446. Evaluate the impact the proposal will have on the purpose and structure of IDEA. Do the following in your paper:  

  1. Summarize the proposal.
  2. Discuss the history of special education law as it pertains to current legislation and laws pertaining to special education.
  3. Evaluate the positive and negative impacts of the proposed changes to IDEA.
  4. Propose and support any alternative ideas the special education leader might consider.

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