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Updated October 19, 2005


On December 3, 2004, President Bush signed H.R. 1350—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)—into law. IDEA 2004 took effect on July 1, 2005.

We have compiled the following listing of resources related to IDEA 2004. If you have an additional resource you would like to recommend we list here, please e-mail us at or call 612-624-5659.

For a copy of the law, please visit the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Web site,, and click on The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.

Analyses of IDEA 2004

IDEA 2004 Topic Briefs (October 2005)
The Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education has developed a series of topic briefs that address high-interest areas of IDEA. The briefs, which are available in Word and PDF formats, include a summary of all relevant statutory language on the topic, citations, and cross-references, when applicable, to other related briefs.

IDEA Information from NICHCY in English and Spanish
NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, has pages with information about IDEA 2004 in both English and Spanish. Both pages include background information on IDEA 2004 and links to the text of the statute, draft regulations, and OSEP-reviewed materials on the law.

IDEA 2004 -- Wrightslaw
The authorization of any new law brings differing interpretations and questions. The purpose of this page from Wrightslaw is to help you find answers to your questions and learn to do your own legal research. It includes the following sections: Law & Regulations, Guidance from the Department of Education, Articles, IDEA News, Publications & Reports, and IDEA '97.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: A Comparison of P.L. 105-17 (IDEA '97) to H.R. 1350 as passed by Congress on November 19, 2004 (November 2004)
This document from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education is a side-by-side comparison of IDEA 2004 and IDEA '97. The entire document is available as a series of PDF documents which can be downloaded from this Web page. Also, printed copies of the document are available for purchase from NASDSE for $15 each; see the "Publications" section of its Web site.

PDF documentIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act : Analysis of Change Made by P.L. 108-446 (January 2005)
The Congressional Research Service, the part of the Library of Congress that serves as the research arm of Congress, has published an analysis of IDEA 2004 written by Richard N. Apling, Specialist in Social Legislation, Domestic Social Policy Division; and Nancy Lee Jones, Legislative Attorney, American Law Division. One page summary provided. Available in PDF (47 pages, 203 KB).

PDF document Initial Summary of Selected Provisions from Part B Proposed Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (June 2005)
CEC's Initial Summary of Selected Provisions from Part B Proposed Regulations addresses many of the law's provisions, including qualified personnel; Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); early intervening services; learning disabilities; discipline provisions; state compliance procedures; evaluations and eligibility determinations; procedural safeguards; private schools; monitoring, technical assistance, and enforcement; and Subpart A definition. Available in PDF.

Side-by-Side Analyses of Selected Issues from the Proposed IDEA Regulations from the Council for Exceptional Children (July 2005)
CEC's Side-by-Side Analysis of Selected Issues from the Proposed IDEA Regulations addresses many of the law's provisions, including qualified personnel, IEPs, learning disabilities, discipline, early intervening services, compliance, eligibility, procedural safeguards, private schools, monitoring and enforcement, and definitions. All documents available in PDF.

Transition in IDEA 2004

Key Provisions on Transition: IDEA 1997 compared to H.R. 1350 (IDEA 2004) (January 2005)
This NCSET document identifies the major changes between IDEA 1997 and H.R. 1350 (IDEA 2004) concerning transition services.

Secondary Transition in IDEA 2004 (May 2005)
This document from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education highlights the changes from IDEA 1997 to IDEA 2004 regarding transition services. This document does not address any changes that may be made by the final regulations.


Materials from Events Related to IDEA 2004

IDEA 2004 (May 2005)
This Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) webcast featured Troy R. Justesen, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education. On this ILRU Web page, you can read about the presenter, view an abstract of the webcast, find links to helpful resources, read a text transcript of the webcast, and view the webcast using RealOne Player.

IDEA and Literacy Instruction (June 2005)
Dr. Catherine Christo presented this Access Center webinar on June 15, 2005. She discussed strategies for fostering reading success aligned with IDEA 2004. Topics included the characteristics of research-based interventions, essential elements of a response to intervention model, and a discussion of eligibility as a student with a specific learning disability. You can watch and listen to the recorded event as well as view presentation slides and related literacy links online.

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