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Glossary of Terms
Mainstream

The placement or a student with a disability into a general education classroom or any nonacademic stetting (such as physical education, lunch, etc.) for any part of the school day. 

Manifestation determination

A process as a result of disciplinary actions that constitutes a change of placement whereby the MDT considers the relationship between the student's disability and the conduct in question and may adjust the disciplinary action, as well as the student's IEP, accordingly. 

Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program (MITP)

A statewide system of early intervention for eligible children age birth to 3 years old and their families.

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

See State Education Agency (SEA).

Meaningful progress

Improvement in student performance individually determined to be sufficient to indicate that FAPE is being provided. 

Mediation

The process of having a trained person, a mediator, try to help parents and the school system reach an agreement about a child's special education program and services.

Modification

Changes to curriculum demand or assessment criteria such that the curriculum demand or assessment criteria are altered. 

Multidisciplinary

Describes a team approach involving specialists in more than one area. To get a complete picture of a child's needs, for example, he/she might be evaluated by a special educator, a (SLP) speech-language pathologist and an (OT) occupational therapist.

Multidisciplinary team (MDT)

A group including parents and professionals with different areas of expertise who come together for the purpose of looking at an individual child's educational program. 

Multiple intelligences

Educational theory put forth by psychologist, Howard Gardner, which suggests that an array of different kinds of "intelligence" exists in human beings including: Verbal-Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Visual-Spatial, Musical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Naturalistic