Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act guarantees an appropriate special education as well as accessibility to regular education programs. It requires that all children with disabilities be provided a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. A person with a disability under Section 504 is any person who (i) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of such an impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment. This definition differs from that found in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which defines specific disabling conditions. Because of this difference, some individuals who are not qualified for special education under IDEA may be qualified for special services under Section 504. In addition to students who are eligible under the definition of Section 504 but not under the definition of IDEA, there may also be students who have a disability according to both definitions but do not require special education. For example, some students who use wheelchairs may be qualified under both definitions. They may not require special education, but they may require special accommodations under Section 504.

Understanding the educational goals for your child is an important part of parent involvement. But school has changed a lot since most parents were students, and what is happening in your child’s classroom may seem very mysterious to you. One way to learn more about what your child should be learning is to look at the state Grade Level Expectations (GLE) and Grade Span Expectations which can be found on the NH Department of Education website at:
The GLE’s are the standards by which students are tested on the state assessment test, the New England Common Assessment Program or NECAP. In response to these new standards the Manchester School district has revised the Mathematics and Language Arts Curricula for all grades K-12. The curricula can be accessed through the district website parent page at:

New curricula are being developed for other subjects and will be available when they are completed.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has many more restrictions for qualifications, but also provides more specialized services and safeguards.
Under IDEA an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is created for each child who qualifies.Accommodations that are available through a Section 504 are also available to students with an IEP.
Timelines were created to ensure that the school district and the parents' responsibilities in all parts of the IEP process are carried out in a timely manner.

Examples include:

Related Services = Designated Instructional Services (DIS) are available when they are necessary for the pupil to benefit educationally from his or her instructional program.
See the list of Designated Instructional Services on page Goals and Objectives are written at least once a year. For most students they can be compared to the California State Standards which are guidelines for what students are expected to learn at each grade level. The goals and objectives are written for all areas of need that are determined by the IEP team. The goals and objectives are an important part of the IEP because they allow for all members of the IEP team to measure the student's progress.
Complaints and Disagreements are handled in a timely fashion. If the school district does not abide by the IEP, the parents can write a letter of compliance complaint to the State who will investigate the matter and make recommendations for resolution. If the parents and the district are in disagreement about any part of the IEP, they can file for
mediation or due process where a third party can

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