The US Supreme Court has held that federal law requires schools to provide an IEP that is “appropriately ambitious” for each student’s circumstances. In the case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School Dist RE-1, in a unanimous ruling issued March 22, 2017, the Court rejected the school district’s argument for a more modest standard (“more than de minimis“). At issue was the proper standard required by federal law requiring schools to provide a “Free and Appropriate Education” (FAPE) to children qualifying for special education services.
In Forest Grove School Dist. vs. T.A., the US Supreme Court held that parents may be entitled to reimbursement for expenditures for a private school, when the public school has failed to appropriately identify a student as being in need of special education services.