The opinion did not establish a standard or test to determine when a FAPE will be considered adequate, but it did make clear that the low bar set in Rowley is not sufficient. A FAPE must be appropriately ambitious for children that are integrated into the regular classroom, as well as those children who are not. Although this case does not change the law or provide a definition for the word appropriate, the Court suggests that it will require school districts to adequately measure the child’s current and unique circumstances at the time the IEP is developed and to measure the progress on his or her goals. Importantly, the Court emphasized the IDEA’s emphasis on collaboration with parents and the need to take into account parental input throughout the IEP development process. The Court did not completely agree with Endrew F.’s parents, and stated that a FAPE is not required to provide a disabled child with an education that offers equal opportunities to those afforded children without disabilities.
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