Kansas Gets Waiver to Use Common-Core Alternate Assessments

Even though the state has withdrawn from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, it still plans to use the common-core-aligned field tests under development for students with severe cognitive disabilities.


In Move Hailed by Advocates, Iowa Defines Dyslexia in Change to State Law

The move marks a shift in Iowa's "non-categorical" method of providing specialized service to children with disabilities.


Teaching Conceptual Math Skills to Students With Disabilities

A mother-daughter team argues that reasoning and modeling, rather than teaching math "tricks," is essential for students to gain skills that can transfer to other areas.


Justice Department Settles With Rhode Island Over Disabilities Complaint

Federal officials investigating Americans with Disabilities Act violations in Providence, R.I., had expanded their work to the whole state after settling last year with the Providence school system.


Mississippi Special Education Voucher Bill Defeated

The bill would have provided up to $6,000 for some special education students to use for private school or tutoring, but voucher opponents pushed back hard.


Federal Initiative Aims at Early Screening for Developmental Delays

Several federal agencies are promoting screening tools intended to help families and care providers evaluate children early to make sure they are meeting age-appropriate milestones.


Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Rises in New CDC Data Report

Researchers are now seeing 1 in 68 children identified as having autism spectrum disorder, compared to 1 in 88 the last time statistics were collected.


Special Education Funding a Priority for House Education Committee Chairman

The federal government currently pays less than 20 percent of the excess costs of educating a student covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


Report: Students With Disabilities Face Harsher School Discipline Than Peers

The most recent release of data from the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights shows broad disparities in restraint, seclusion and suspensions for students covered by IDEA.


S.C. Charters Agree to Accessibility Changes After Federal Investigation

The Education Department's office for civil rights said that the district needed to make courses fully accessible for the 9,000 students enrolled in online schools.


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