Are schools expected to do more than provide minimum educational standards for students with special needs. According to this report, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that students with disabilities must be given the opportunity to make ‘appropriately ambitious progress’ consistent with federal law.
Approximately thirteen percent of all children between 3-21 have some type of disability. Complaints that students are given minimal academic standards triggered the lawsuit. In this case, Endrew v. Douglas, Endrew was a fifth grade autistic boy whose IEP plan had not changed from one year to the next. The family withdrew him from public school and enrolled him in a private school where he did make progress. The family then sued for tuition reimbursement.