The Legal Meaning of Specific Learning Disability for Special Education Eligibility

Zirkel, Perry A.
May 2010
Teaching Exceptional Children;May/Jun2010, Vol. 42 Issue 5, p62
Academic Journal
This article discusses the legal definition of specific learning disability that qualifies a student for special education eligibility. The article notes that students with specific learning disability comprise the largest portion of special education enrollments of any classification under the Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The article also mentions that IDEA has mandated that states must select the response-to-intervention approach for identifying qualifying students and either allow or prohibit the traditional approach of severe discrepancy. The article presents information on decisions from hearings concerning determination of whether a student qualifies as a student with specific learning disabilities.


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