States identify students with disabilities at varying rates because because of different state and district policies, says a report from the Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog agency.
The decision comes after a state investigation of one Tulsa school found that the individualized education programs for students there frequently used generic educational goals.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was asked why it has taken so long to get guidance to states about a ruling that could affect how many districts use their federal special education money.
Social media has been full of anger over a special education "cut" that isn't really a part of the Trump administration's proposed budget.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos drew fire on social media after a congressional budget hearing at which she discussed proposed cuts, including to the program that fosters sports competition among children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will likely spend much of her time discussing proposed departmental cuts, but special education funding is not facing any decreases in the proposed fiscal 2020 budget.
A scheme to fraudulently enroll wealthy students into top colleges included false claims of disability, federal authorities say, which advocates worry will make it harder for those with legitimate need for accommodation.
The rule requires states to use a standard method in determining if districts are biased in how they identify minority students, discipline them, or place them in restrictive settings.
Reports from the parents of nearly 2,500 children and youths with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder found a gap between students with the most severe symptoms and those who get any school-based interventions.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was last revamped in 2004, and the NSBA would like to see Congress take on reauthorization as well as increase funding to states.