The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously that schools must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful progress, rejecting a lower standard for what students are entitled to that had been set by a lower court.

“It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not,” read the opinion, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Earlier this year, Josh Dunn analyzed the case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, for Education Next in “Examining the Standards for Special Education.

— Education Next


Last updated March 23, 2017