Inclusion Series- Least Restrictive Environment Placements
When considering educational placements for children with severe disabilities the IEP Committee must review the least restrictive setting. The least restrictive setting is based on how far from a child’s peers they will be placed. The more severe the problem the more restrictive the setting may be which places children farther from their general education peers. To accomplish this task, the Eligibility Committee, CSE, or IEP Committee has a variety of placements from which to choose. These placements range in levels of restriction, including class size, student teacher ratio, length of program, and degree of mainstreaming.
In the normal course of events it is hoped that children should only be placed in a more restrictive environment if it is to their educational advantage. However, they should be moved to a less restrictive setting as soon as they are capable of being educated in that environment.
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