“Active family involvement is essential to each and every student's success. Maryland has high academic standards for all students, including those with disabilities, and parents are an essential partner in the special education process. The Division of Special Education / Early Intervention Services at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has developed numerous resources for parents and educators as they work together to support student achievement. We at MSDE look forward to a continuing collaborative relationship.”
—Dr. Carol Ann Heath-Baglin, Assistant State Superintendent
What are the major principles of special education law?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. IDEA guides how states and local school systems provide special education and related services to children with disabilities and is built on the following principles:
Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 is a site devoted to the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA
IDEA, in combination with the state's special education law known as the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), guide the delivery of special education in local Maryland school systems. Local school systems are responsible for implementation of these laws which include procedural safeguards for children with disabilities and their families. IDEA and COMAR guarantee that each child with a disability has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) designed to meet their unique and individual needs.
Maryland State Performance Plan for 2005-2010
State Annual Performance Report