• Standards Based IEP

    Resources Related to IDEA 2004

    Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities

    Information, including research briefs and resources designed to improve instruction, assessment, and accountability for students with disabilities. The Tool Kit is intended to assist state personnel, schools, and families in their efforts to ensure that all students with disabilities receive a quality education.

    IDEA Parent Guide

    This guide describes the special education process with special emphasis on the category of specific learning disability and includes parent perspectives, terms helpful to know, and practical materials for parents (e.g., checklists, sample letters, charts, and questions to ask). This guide produced by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).




    Response to Instruction & Intervention

    National Association of State Directors
    of Special Education (NASDSE) Resources

    A short paper that provides a brief overview of RtI.


    NASDSE and the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) White Paper on RtI


    A presentation that can be customized for your audience.


    Myths about RtI Implementation


    A short paper that debunks some of the misconceptions about RtI.


    The RtI Action Network


    NASDSE is a founding partner with this new Response to Intervention initiative launched by the National Council on Learning Disabilities. The RtI Action Network is uniting the public and private sectors with representatives from general education, special education and family groups to support the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) in school districts nationwide. Its cornerstone is RTINetwork.org, a web-based source of research-based information and expert guidance on Response to Intervention.


    The IDEA Partnership


    NASDSE has worked with its 55 national organization partners in our IDEA Partnership to develop an entire catalogue of materials developed by these organizations on RtI.


    Assisting Students Struggling with Reading


    Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in Primary Grades. This guide offers five specific recommendations to help educators identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies to promote their reading achievement. Teachers and reading specialists can utilize these strategies to implement RtI and multi-tier intervention methods and frameworks at the classroom or school level. Recommendations cover how to screen students for reading problems, design a multi-tier intervention program, adjust instruction to help struggling readers, and monitor student progress. Click here to download a copy of this report. 


    National Resources

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    National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Incorporated

    The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) has produced a document that illustrates a recommended seven-step process with accompanying guiding questions to assist special education teachers and other professionals in developing a Standards-Based IEP. The Standards-Based Individualized Education Program examples are available on the NASDSE website.

    National Alternate Assessment Center The National Alternate Assessment Center (NAAC)

    The NAAC is a five year project funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that is designed to bring together and build upon high quality, technically sound alternate assessments.

    National Center on Educational Outcomes

    The National Center on Educational Outcomes provides national leadership in the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements.

    National Center on Student Progress Monitoring

    OSEP has funded the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring. Located at the American Institutes for Research, it is a national technical assistance and dissemination center dedicated to the implementation of scientifically based student progress monitoring.

    Learning Opportunities for your Child Through Alternate Assessments

    This booklet introduces school improvement efforts under NCLB and IDEA and provides information to help ensure that students can benefit from these efforts.

    United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

    News and information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) is available on the OSEP website. Topic briefs include a summary of all relevant statutory language around that topic, along with citations and cross-references to other related briefs when applicable.

    Individualized Education Program (IEP), Team Meetings and Changes to the IEP

    This form explains changes in procedures for IEP meetings, including information about membership, attendance, and making changes to the IEP.

    A Guide to the Individualized Education Program

    United States Department of Education guidance to assist educators, parents, and state and local educational agencies in implementing the requirements of Part B of the IDEA regarding IEPs.



    Online Trainings

    See below examples from Ohio and California.


    Ohio State Standard IEP (GPS-IEP)


    CalStat Podcast



    Technical Assistance and Training Education Service Centers


    For technical assistance and training on this topic and other aspects of the provision of services for students with disabilities, contact your regional education service center.



    Glossary of Terms


    Standard Based IEP