Determining a Child's LRE
- The IDEA has a strong preference for educating students with disabilities
in regular classes with appropriate aids and services.
- The student's placement in the general education classroom is the first
option the IEP Team must consider.
- Considering just the student, the IEP Team answers the question: What
supplementary aids and services would ensure that the student's IEP can be
appropriately implemented in the regular classroom?
- If the IEP Team decides that the student can be educated satisfactorily in
the regular classroom, the that placement is the LRE for that student.
- The IEP Team may decide that the student cannot be educated satisfactorily
in the regular classroom, even with appropriate aids and services are
provided. The IEP Team must then consider other placements.
- The public agency must have other placements available to the extent
necessary to ensure that the student's IEP can be implemented. These might
include: instruction in regular classes, special classes, special schools,
home instruction, and instruction in hospitals and institutions.
- The IEP Team decides which of these other placements is best for the
student, given the student's individual needs and the importance of being
educated, to the maximum extent appropriate, with students who do not have