Prior to June 2015, DoDEA schools operated under IDEA 1997 in providing EIS and Special Education services. In June 2015 Department of Defense issued a new directive and a manual with regulations based on the provisions of IDEA 2004. While this change should eliminate many of the differences between public schools and DoDEA schools with regard to Special Education, some DoDEA schools may not have fully implemented the changes.
Can military families now expect the same interpretation of IDEA whether their children receive services through State and public schools or Department of Defense? It’s early to tell, but there will (probably) still be differences in how public schools/States and DoD interpret and implement the IDEA.