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    Placement defines the setting, intensity, and instructional content of each student’s services. Placement is a concept and term universal to special education under IDEA. It is a fundamental part of the IEP process.

    The goal of special education instruction is to teach students skills and information. The intended benefit is growth that allows students to learn in a less restrictive setting, with fewer supports and more closely aligned with the general education curriculum. One outcome growth is a change of placement.

    Growth, however, is not always linear, and sometimes the best instruction in a less restrictive placement is not allowing the student to gain benefit from their education. In this case, the IEP team may agree that a student requires a more restrictive setting.