The Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) is a meeting to discuss whether a child’s behavior is by his or her disability. There is a limit to how much students with disabilities cannot be disciplined because of behavior that is a result of their disability. If a student’s behavior is not due to their disability, the school can use the same discipline as it does for students without disabilities.
The school must hold an MDR within 10 school days if the child has been suspended for more than 10 school days or has a pattern of behavior that results in suspensions of 10 or more school days per year.
If behavior is a manifestation of the student’s disability, the school must conduct a Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) and develop a Behavior Intervention Program (BIP).
Learn more about on the MDR process with this MDR timeline.