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.
One change will require parents to agree to special diploma tracks or placement in alternative schools.
The 17-state governing board adopted a manual that gives guidelines on issues such as read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts tests, and calculator usage on the math test.
The state budget includes $8 million that can be used to help provide vouchers of up to $10,000 for students with disabilities to attend private schools.
In a letter to schools, districts and states, the Education Department notes that special education law requires that blind and visually impaired students should be taught Braille unless an IEP team deems such instruction inappropriate.
The district must comply with a consent decree to reduce, by 33 percent, the number of students enrolled in
Providence has shut down a program for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities that required them work at menial jobs at wages far below the state minimum.
Two separate grant applications will provide money to help parent centers and to assist states in IDEA data collection.