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Least Restrictive Environment

Students who are in a special education program should have access to the general education curriculum. This is called the least restrictive environment (LRE).

What is a least restrictive environment?

Students are placed in classrooms and other environments so they can learn to the best of their ability. These environments, listed from least to most restrictive, can include places such as a general education classroom, inclusion classroom, resource room, and off-site locations such as hospitals.

Why is a least restrictive environment important?

As required by law, the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) says that a student who has a disability should have the opportunity to be educated with non-disabled peers, to the greatest extent appropriate. They should have access to the general education curriculum, or any other program that non-disabled peers would be able to access.

How can you learn more about it?

As a part of your teacher preparation program, you will study about least restrictive environments.