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How does the new IDEA change the special education provisions of NCLB?
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act does not have provisions specific to special education. Its provisions, however, affect children with disabilities, and regulations and guidance documents address how certain of its provisions apply to children with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) 2004 more closely aligns a number of the IDEA provisions with the NCLB requirements. In the area of "highly qualified," IDEA 2004 adds some new flexibility for meeting the content knowledge requirements for special education teachers who are exclusively teaching children with disabilities who are assessed against alternate achievement standards, and for new teachers who are teaching multiple core academic subjects to children with disabilities.
See IDEA Resources for more information.
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