The U.S. Supreme Court just issued a huge victory for parents in resetting the Rowley standard for the first time in more than 30 years. See decision--http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/endrew-f-v-douglas-county-school-district/.
The Court ruled that schools to "meet its substantive obligation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a school must offer an "individualized education program" reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child's circumstances." While full parameters of this ruling will be played out over years, this decision soundly rejects the minimal standard that the school district argued and raises the standard for an education for students with special needs. Stay tuned as there is certainly more analysis that will be forthcoming.