Responding to the Endrew’s Decision: Measuring Meaningful Educational Benefit

Deborah W. Hartman

Cedar Crest College


The U.S. Supreme Court ruling, of March 2017, favored the plaintiff, Endrew F. in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case.  This decision strengthens the Rowley decision of 1982 and has raised the bar requiring an increased responsibility for Districts to provide programs to eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to make appropriately ambitious and measured progress.  Utilizing methods of progress monitoring and determining the anticipated rate of improvement provides a firmer decision-making process to ensure educational benefit. 

Keywords: individual education plan, meaningful benefit, progress monitoring, rate of improvement

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