Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Requirements for a Free Appropriate Public Education for Students with Disabilities

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance, including federal funds. The Section 504 regulation requires a school district to provide a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to each qualified person with a disability who is in the school…

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Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) provides the foundation of family-centered early intervention services. The IFSP is an agreement between you and the local Infants and Toddlers Program regarding the early intervention services and supports provided to your child and family. The IFSP is both an agreement and a written document that puts in writing…

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Individualized Education Program (IEP)

If the child is determined to be a child with a disability, an IEP is developed by the school staff with input from the parents within 30 days of the meeting to review assessment results. The IEP team reviews the IEP, identifies services needed to implement the IEP, and considers options for the provision of…

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PARCC Assessments

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and careers. These…

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Maryland High School Assessments (HSAs)

The Maryland High School Assessments (HSAs) are four tests—one each in algebra/data analysis, biology, government, and English—that students must pass to graduate. All students who entered 9th grade in or after 2005 are required to take and pass the HSAs to receive a Maryland High School Diploma, including students in special education, English language learners…

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Maryland Alternate School Assessment (Alt-MSA)

In Maryland, students with disabilities participate in either the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in reading, mathematics and science (with or without accommodations, as appropriate) or in the Alternate Maryland School Assessment (ALT-MSA), as determined by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team. The MSA is administered to students in grades 3-8 and 10 and tests…

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Parental Rights: A Companion Guide to the Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice–Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program

A companion brochure specific to the Infants and Toddlers Program is also available from the Maryland State Department of Education. This brochure is part of Maryland’s Birth Through Five Parent Information Series–a collection of publications designed to support families in the early intervention and education of birth through five system of service. All guides are…

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Parental Rights: The Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice

The procedural safeguards notice includes a full explanation of your rights in an easily understandable manner and in your native language. This procedural safeguards notice applies to children and families receiving services through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and also to children/students receiving services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

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Maryland State Department of Education Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch

The branch facilitates informal dispute resolution by responding to parent inquiries, assisting parents with navigating Maryland’s early intervention and special education systems, and connecting parents with community resources and local personnel who can assist with concerns. Additionally, staff investigate and resolve formal State complaints that allege violations of state and federal IDEA requirements regarding the…

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Independent IEP Meeting Facilitation

The goal of the facilitated IEP meeting is to help IEP team members communicate effectively and develop an educational program to meet the child’s need. The independent facilitators, from Community Mediation Centers, can be contacted through the Howard County Public School System’s Family Support and Resource Center at 410-313-7161.

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