The US Department of Education (ED) has disseminated a Dear Colleague letter emphasizing that NCLB and IDEA regulations require students’ IEP goals to be aligned with curriculum from the grade level the child is enrolled in so that students with disabilities have meaningful access to state academic content standards (guidance-on-fape-11-17-2015.pdf). The overall focus of the requirements is to prepare students with disabilities for further education, employment, and independent living.
The letter also requests your comments so that better implementation of the requirements can occur (both in all special education populations and with English language learners). ED is interested in examples of models of alignment of IEP goals with state content standards that are working well at the state and local levels. If you are interested in commenting, please e-mail your comments to [email protected] or write to US Department of Education, 550 12th Street SW, PCP Room 5139, Washington, DC 20202-2600.