Laurie VanderPloeg, a longtime special education administrator, will take over the office of special education programs starting in November.
Most states' plans Every Student Succeeds Act plans could do more to push rigorous goals and adequate supports for students with disabilities, according to an analysis from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
A new statement from the head of the federal office of special education outlines a department role based on offering "flexibility and support" to states.
Benetech, which oversees a federally-funded initiative to provide accessible texts, says teachers are more likely to see their students as prepared if their technology needs are met.
The National Council on Teacher Quality says that all states should be assessing whether special education teachers understand research-based reading instruction.
In a contentious meeting in his junior year, then 18-year-old Nikolas Cruz revoked his consent for special education services after he was told that was the only way he could stay at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But there were other options, said a report released by a firm hired by the Broward School district.
Allison Gilmour, a professor at Temple University, argues that schools need to look more at what services are provided to students with disabilities, not just the setting where those students are educated.
Four new videos show effective special education teaching in action, part of a project illustrating "high-leverage practices" that special education teachers should master and that are applicable to other teachers as well.
States are evaluated by the Education Department each year in how well they meet both the regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as well as how students with disabilities are performing academically.
As expected, the Education Department has delayed a rule that would require states to take a standardized approach in evaluating districts for minority bias in special education.