Mainstreaming [Education] Law and Legal Definition

Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) all Americans with disabilities has the right to a free public education. Mainstreaming is the practice aimed at providing a positive educational experience for special education students. Through this special education students are placed in the regular education classroom for part of the school day. The aim of mainstreaming is to give special education students the opportunity to gain appropriate socialization skills and access to the same education as regular education students while still allowing them access to resource rooms and special education classrooms.

Now-a-days mainstreaming has become a regular practice at many schools. Special education students can be mainstreamed into a regular education classroom for part of the school day. Mainstreaming is customizable and often relies on the judgment of the regular classroom teacher and the special education teacher, both of whom will keep in constant communication to clearly evaluate a student's progress. Mainstreaming allows the special education student to take full advantage of all resources available to them.