Federal Special Education Official to Step Down by Year's End

Melody Musgrove, currently the director of the office of special education programs, will be returning to her home in Mississippi.

IEPs Must Be Aligned to Grade-Level Standards, Says New Federal Guidance

An individualized education program is intended to allow a student to be involved in, and make progress in, the general education curriculum, according to recent guidance from the Education Department.

Response to Intervention Challenges Focus of New Federal Study

A recent study of response to intervention in 13 states shows that 1st graders who receive targeted reading instruction show no benefit from the process.

NAEP Scores for Students With Disabilities Show Wide Achievement Gap

Scores for students with disabilities on the "nation's report card" continue to trail significantly the scores of students without disabilities, with little ground gained.

Children Who Lose Autism Label Subject of New Research

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey found that about 13 percent of parents reported their children losing an autism diagnosis, and it was often replaced with another disability.

It's Fine For Districts to 'Say Dyslexia,' According to New Ed. Dept. Guidance

The Education Department's advisory to school districts about using the specific term "dyslexia" is being seen as a win for advocates.

Special Education Spending Flexibility Focus of GAO Report

The "maintenance of effort" provisions built into the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are hampering innovation, says the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Reducing Special Education Lawsuits May Mean Focusing on Certain States, Not IDEA

A report finds that a relatively small group of states and jurisdictions are responsible for most of the legal actions under federal special education law, and the authors suggest that reforms be focused on those areas.

Gifted Education for Underrepresented Students Gets $4 Million Federal Boost

The Education Department grant program will help school districts in 11 states tackle diversity in gifted education programs.

Justice Department Weighs in on Kentucky Restraint Case

A court must determine if an officer's use of cuffs on two elementary school students was reasonable based on the threat they posed, says the Justice Department.

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