Special Education and the Supreme Court
On March 22 the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the case of Endrew F. v Douglas County School District. The ruling states that a student's IEP goals must provide the student with "meaningful benefit", not just "some benefit".
The case was brought by a Colorado family who withdrew their son from public school and enrolled him in private school after they found his fifth-grade IEP goals to be very similar to those from previous years. With targeted behavior therapy and other supports, the student began making progress. The Court found that Drew's original IEP goals had been insufficient to give him an equal opportunity to succeed as any other student.
This audio story and transcript from NPR gives a good summary of the Court's finding.