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Essentials of IDEA for Assessment Professionals

ISBN: 978-0-470-87392-2
304 pages
June 2011
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Quickly acquire the practical coverage and guidance you need to understand the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities.

To understand it thoroughly, school psychologists, teachers, and other school service providers need a comprehensive resource to guide them in what this frequently amended Act means and how it should be interpreted. The first concise, yet authoritative, book of its kind on which professionals can rely to navigate this often-misunderstood law, Essentials of IDEA for Assessment Professionals is that source.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, each chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered. Written in the user-friendly and well-known Essentials format, each of the seven concise chapters covers terminology, classification, assessments/evaluations, and other topics related to IDEA.

With an accompanying CD offering commentary on judicial decisions related to interpretation of IDEA, as well as references to the 2006 final regulations for IDEA 2004 and Section 504 regulations, Essentials of IDEA for Assessment Professionals provides helpful guidelines for educational assessments and evaluations.

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Series Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

One Overview of the IDEA 2004 1

Two IDEA Terminology 23

Three IDEA and Evaluations/Assessments 49

Four Special Considerations When Testing for Specific Learning Disabilities 77

Five IDEA and Classifi cation/Eligibility 107

Six IDEA and Behavior 139

Seven IDEA, Section 504, and ADA 157

Eight IDEA and Damages 179

Nine FERPA and the PPRA: Confidential Records 199

Appendix A Common Abbreviations and Acronyms 227

Appendix B CD-ROM Contents 231

References 249

Annotated Bibliography 261

Author Index 265

Subject Index 267

About the Authors 285

About the CD-ROM 287

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Guy McBride, PhD, recently retired from his career as a school psychologist in public schools. He is also a licensed practicing psychologist.

Ron Dumont, EdD, NCSP, is Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

John O. Willis, EdD, is a Senior Lecturer in Assessment at Rivier College.

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