Black students and students with disabilities are being placed in "drastically inferior" education programs at a disproportionate rate, says the Education Law Center.
The reports on state performance in special education will shift to a system that measures "things that really matter," says Melody Musgrove, the director of the office of special education programs.
Scientists are examining whether blood tests, or studies of so-called "micromovements" can help pin down a diagnosis sooner.
Special educators at the yearly IDEA Leadership Conference in Washington have experience with many national initiatives under discussion, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told them.
The so-called "2 percent" tests prevent some special education students from accessing grade-level content, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities argues.
The groups uniformly disapprove of the elimination of some accountability provisions under the bill, which was approved in the House of Representatives on Thursday.
The common features of various approaches used in educating young students with autism may be more meaningful than the unique elements, researchers have found.
The Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., is positioning itself as a resource for regular classroom teachers as well as educators specifically trained in teaching blind students.
The LD Navigator, developed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, offers resources that doctors can share with patients and their families.
The department's technical review process also found areas that both consortia have handled well.