Provides an overview of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, in which the Court ruled that to meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA, a school must offer an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that is reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances. The Court additionally emphasized the requirement that “every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives.” The Q&A addresses subsequent questions regarding the clarification of FAPE and considerations for IEP Teams on implementation.
On December 7, 2017, OSERS released a Question-and-Answer (Q-&-A) document addressing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1, which clarified the scope of the free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The Court held that "to meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA, a school must offer [a child] an [individualized education program] IEP reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child's circumstances."
This Q-&-A document provides an overview of the facts and issue in the case, a discussion of the IDEA FAPE requirements and includes questions addressing implementation considerations.
Last modified on May 31, 2023