Endrew Decision Creates Important New Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Showing off their potential

from The Bazelon Center

The Supreme Court’s March 2017 decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District announced a new and more demanding standard for educating students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The court’s unanimous decision, authored by Chief Justice Roberts, requires schools to:

  • Provide students with disabilities capable of keeping up with (or catching up to) their non-disabled peers with special education that enables them to meet grade-level
    standards and advance from grade to grade.
  • Provide the small group of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are not able to meet grade-level standards with the instruction and services
    they need to meet ambitious and challenging goals.

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