The Learning Disabilities Association of
New Hampshire

P. O. Box 127
Concord, NH 03032-0127

Education Law

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 04)

IMPORTANT - The federal statute was reauthorized (changed) in 2004 and became effective July 1, 2005. The federal regulations will change in the spring or summer of 2006. The state regulations will change some time after that READ what the New Hampshire Department of Education and OSEP say about using these laws during this transition period. The complete memo is located here.

Complete information
about the IDEA 2004 federal statute and the proposed federal regulations.

New Hampshire Procedural Safeguards Handbook for Special Education -
Parents Rights in Special Education
- July 2005
- Developed by the NH Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, through a collaboration with the Parent Information Center and the NH Association of Special Education Administrators

Related Publications

Back to School on Civil Rights - Complete Report - by the National Council on

Back to School on Civil Rights - State by State Monitoring reports
- by the National Council on Disabilty


IDEA Data Website - U. S. Department of Education

Family Education Records and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Section 504

New Hampshire Special Education Laws

No Child Left Behind - (NCLB)

No Child Left Behind Statute

NCLB Regulations Issued August 2002

NCLB Regulations Issued December 9, 2003 - Requirement for AYP calculations using alternate level testing scores - Also see additional clarification issued August 2005, Alternate Achievement Standards for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities - Non-regulatory Guidance

NCLB Regulations Issued June 4, 2004
- Participation in Education Department Programs by Religious Organizations; Providing for Equal Treatment of All Education Program Participants; Final Rule

NCLB assistance in New Hampshire - click here

Guidance Publications from U.S. Department of Education - click here

Additional Information Provided by the U.S. Department of Education about NCLB

No Child Left Behind - Desktop Reference 2002

No Child Left Behind - A Parents Guide - English

No Child Left Behind - A Parents Guide - Spanish

A Toolkit for Teachers

Using Data to Influence Classroom Decisions

Handouts and PowerPoint Presentations

Creating Strong District School Choice Programs

Creating Strong Supplemental Educational Service Programs

U.S. Department of Education Newsletters

Subscribe to The Achiever - Free NCLB Newsletter

Subscribe to ED Review - Free biweekly newsletter

The Department of Education is gearing up to provide electronic information updates designed for teachers. If you would like to receive these updates, please send your e-mail address to

Subscribe to the NCLB Extra Credit Newsletter

No Child Left Behind State Accountability Plans - all states (includes correspondence regarding proposed or actual changes to state plans)

Approved Reading First Plans - New Hampshire

No Child Left Behind -
Blue Ribbon Schools Program ~ Awards

Supplemental Educational Service Providers

This link provides information about supplemental educational services (SES)
in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. (This is the information about Supplemental Educational Service Providers for New Hampshire
Click a state to access its
~list of current SES providers,
~application for SES providers,
~information about schools identified for improvement, and
~SES contact person.

Supplemental Educational Services August 22, 2003 Non-Regulatory Guidance - U.S. Department of Education

Toolkit for Faith-Based and Community Organizations to Provide Extra Academic Help (Supplemental Educational Services) - U.S. Department of Education

Twenty First Century Learning Centers

Federal Requirements for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Recipients of Title I Funds

Title I Allocations to School Districts - for every school district in every state

Title I Allocations to Individual schools - for every school in every state
Type in the information about the school you are interested in. A box will pop-up with information about the school. Click on "More Information" at the top of that box. A new screen will show. The second section of that box indicates whether the school receives Title I funds.

Parent Involvement

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement - by Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

Best Practices for Producing Community-wide Study Circles - What Works: Study Circles in the Real World is a practical, short compilation of best practices in organizing community-wide study circles that can engage the community with the public schools. These include strategies such as creating a broad-based coalition, supporting facilitators, recruiting diverse participants, contributing to change, and linking dialogue with action. Drawn from a two-year research study conducted by Roberts & Kay, Inc. for the Study Circles Resource Center.

Programs Diversity
: School, Family, and Community Connections is the third in a series of reports to help local school, community, and family leaders obtain useful research-based information about key educational issues. This synthesis focuses specifically on three categories: race or ethnicity, culture (including language), and socioeconomic status. The report also explores barriers to involvement for minority and low-income families, strategies that have been used to address those barriers, and recommendations that local educational leaders can adapt to address their specific needs. It is based on a review of over 64 studies. Print copies are available.

Information or Complaints - click here

Summaries and Analysis of NCLB

Children with Disabilities Under No Child Left Behind: Myths and Realities
- by National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS)

No State Left Behind: The Challenges and Opportunities of ESEA 2001
- by Education Commission of the States

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
- by Council for Exceptional Children.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - A Technical Assistance Resource - October 22, 2003 - by Council for Exceptional Children

Reaching New Heights: Turning Around Low-Performing Schools - by National Governors Association

Notification and Reporting Requirements for Local School Boards - by National School Boards Association

State Report Cards - No Child Left Behind

New Hampshire School Profiles

School Information Partnership - National directory of school and school district report cards

ABCs of AYP - by the Education Trust - details new rules for limited English proficient students, student with disabilities, and participation rates.

Questions to Ask About NCLB Reports - by the Education Trust - a guide to information that should be publicly available - one page flyer

Statistics and Reports

Grading the Systems: The guide to state standards, tests, and accountability policies -Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

State Education Accountability and Indicator Reports: Status of Reports Across the States - by Council of Chief State School Officers
(order print copy or download PDF)

The Nation's Report Card
- National Center for Education Statistics

States with Approved Title I Assessment Systems

Title 1 Profiles - (Present level of Performance of State Education Systems) All states - New Hampshire

Sources of Education Funding - all states - (choose state and scroll down to green pie chart)

No Child Left Behind Database
- by Education Commission of the States - Compliance status and state plans for all 50 states

ECS Report to the Nation: State Implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act - This report includes results from Education Commission of the States' database, which tracks and reports state implementation activity on 40 NCLB indicators; trends within and across states; issues and challenges facing states; and recommendations. The online version of this report includes resources and clickable links to more information.

Profiles of Education Systems for Use with NAEP, 2002 - by Council of Chief States School Officers ~~ Online, searchable database containing information on key state education policies, state context demographics, science and math indicators, and state student assessments.

Statistical Profiles - Students with Learning Disabilities - New Hampshire

Students with Learning Disabilities: A National Review - by The Advocacy Institute

Grade Retention and Mental Health Outcomes
- by National Association of School Psychologists

Reports from the Government Accountability Office

A Joint Audit Report on the Status of State Student Assessment Systems and the Quality of Title 1 School Accountability Data
- by U. S. General Accounting Office, U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General. State Auditor's Office State of Texas, Department of the Auditor General Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, City of Philadelphia Office of Controller, August 2002, SAO Report No. 02-064

Title I: Characteristics of Tests Will Influence Expenses; Information Sharing May Help States Realize Efficiencies - May 8, 2003 - Go to and search on report number, GAO-03-389 - Press release Unfunded Mandates: Analysis of Reform Act Coverage - May 3, 2004 - report number GAO-04-637 (finding - NCLB is not an unfunded mandate)

Special Education: Additional Assistance and Better Coordination Needed among Education Offices to Help States Meet the NCLBA Teacher Requirements, report number GAO-04-659, July 15, 2004 - Abstract - Highlights - Full Report
"The GAO recommends that the Secretary of Education provide additional assistance to states in explaining NCLBA teacher requirements and identifying implementation strategies for special education teachers and formalize efforts to improve the department's internal coordination related to the implementation of these teacher quality requirements."

Websites with Information about No Child Left Behind

Center for Law and Education


U.S. Department of Education

Council of Chief State School Officers

The Education Trust

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education

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