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How the Supreme Court May Change Your Practice

Supreme Court Decision and Implications for Developing IEPs
Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, and David F. Bateman, Ph.D., Shippensburg University
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On January 11, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, a case that involved a student with autism from Colorado. The question in this case, which has major implications for special education services nationwide, is how much educational benefit does a student’s program of special education need to provide to that student?

In the Endrew F. case, the Supreme Court heard arguments that there is not a clear standard for the level of benefit that schools must provide to students in special education. Is some small degree of benefit enough? Or do students have a right to something more meaningful?

In this webinar, we will discuss the history of appropriateness as previously defined by the Supreme Court in Board of Education v. Rowley (1982), the changes to special education law since 1982, the history and facts of the Endrew F. case, the oral argument made before the Supreme Court, and discuss possible results from this extremely important case.

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