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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development

Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) - For Credit

Audience: Educators, Other District/School Staff, Parents | Topic: Behavior, Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

On-Demand format. Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) - For Credit
On-Demand format

About MDR

Purpose of a Manifestation Determination Review

The purpose of the manifestation determination is to determine if the student’s conduct was a manifestation of the child’s disability or a result of the failure to implement the student’s IEP.

IDEA Regulation 34 CFR §500.536. 

When a decision is made to effect a disciplinary change in placement for a student with a disability who violated a code of student conduct, the public agency must conduct a manifestation determination within 10 school days of that decision.

A disciplinary change in placement occurs when a student is removed for more than 10 consecutive school days or is subjected to a series of removals that constitute a pattern:

  • The series of removals total more than 10 school days in a school year.
  • The child’s behavior is substantially similar to the behavior in previous incidents that resulted in the series of removals.

Such additional factors as the length of each removal, the total amount of time the child has been removed, and the proximity of the removals to one another.



After watching these three videos participants will:

  • learn how to conduct the Manifestation Determination Review process.  
  • learn what questions needs to be asked in the Manifestation Determination process and the possible outcomes of the Manifestation Determination Review. 
  • learn about how Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans fit into the Manifestation Determination Review Process. 


Watch The Videos

Video 1: Policies & Procedures

28 minutes


Video 2: Case Study

6 minutes


Video 3: MDR Meeting Structure

9 minutes


Contact Information

Bill Brown


To receive a certificate complete a brief evaluation and knowledge check for the MDR training modules. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion for two (2) hours of continuing education credit. This course is designed exclusively for Colorado public educators.

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