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section for §303.112, we discuss the definition of the term

“peer-reviewed research.” We also address in that section

the differences in meaning between the term “scientifically

based research,” as used in section 635(a)(2) of the Act

and §303.112 of these regulations, and “peer reviewed

research,” as used in section 636(d)(4) of the Act and

§303.344(d) of these regulations. We disagree with the

commenter who stated that the term “peer-reviewed research”

is not used in the Act; as noted elsewhere in this discussion, section 636(d)(4) of the Act, which is the

statutory basis for §303.344(d), refers to peer-reviewed

research, not scientifically based research.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter requested that the regulations

define the phrase “to the extent practicable” as used in


Discussion: As noted in §303.112 of the Analysis of

Comments and Change, defining the phrase “to the extent

practicable” is not needed. In the context of these

regulations, the term has its plain meaning (i.e., feasible or possible). As it is used to modify the extent to which

early intervention services in a child’s IFSP are based on

peer-reviewed research in §303.344(d)(1), we note that this

phrase is from section 636(d)(4) of the Act. As used in