Federal Laws & Regulations

Office of Special Services & Inclusive Education
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

ESSA requires that all teachers of students with disabilities be fully certified.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IDEA is the federal law governing grants to states to ensure that children with disabilities (age birth to 20) are identified for timely evaluation and if eligible, provided appropriate services in the least restrictive setting.


  • Federal Implementing Regulations. These federal regulations set forth additional requirements that states must follow in implementing IDEA by means of state plans upon which grant approval is based.
    • 34 CFR Part 300. Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities
    • 34 CFR Part 303. Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

These federal regulations set forth the requirements that states must follow in protecting the confidentiality of education records.

ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Facilities and Buildings (ADAAG)

These federal guidelines provide scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.



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