Special Education Brief

This brief provides local leaders and educators with an overview of the state and federal statutes governing special education. Through a series of Frequently Asked Questions, educators will learn about the requirements governing the referral process, the elements of Individual Educational Plans, student evaluation and classroom accommodations.

Topics include:

  • Students with Disabilities and the Law 
  • Highly Qualified Teacher
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • Commonly Used Acronyms in Special Education
  • Glossary of Special Education Terms
  • MTA Inclusion Policy

The brief was prepared by Nora Todd, MTA Center for Education Policy and Practice in 2008.

 Special Education: Understanding Federal and State Statutory Requirements