Heartland Area Education Agency

Special Education Terms

This page contains basic information about foundational topics in special education.

Ensures a person will be notified and have an opportunity to be heard before any public entity can change his or her rights.

The right of a student with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 to the education and support services necessary to meet each of his or her identified needs at no cost to the parent.

The least restrictive environment (LRE) is the environment where a student is able to learn and reach the goals on the individualized education plan (IEP). The LRE should be in the general education environment to the extent appropriate. The least restrictive environment may be different for each child and based on the subject being taught.

A report by the Iowa Department of Education on the State's performance on specific special education indicators provide information about student performance as well as area education agency and district compliance.

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