When words are written with extra spaces between letters, children who have dyslexia are able to read them more quickly and accurately, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States shows.
The Education Department gave South Carolina a year to find a way to come up with the $36 million it faces losing, permanently, by putting off a $36 million penalty until this October. Earlier this year, the state was denied another one-year delay of the loss in federal money. In a letter to state Superintendent Mick Zais late last month, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan denied the request for a hearing.
The new definition would rename mental retardation "intellectual developmental disorder," and change how it is diagnosed.
TASH, formerly The Association for the Severely Handicapped, recently issued a second edition of "The Cost of Waiting," which reinforces its criticism of Congress for not pushing harder for a legislative solution to reducing the use of restraints and seclusion.
Once the students overcome the hurdle of identification, some must deal with programs that aren't equal to those in wealthier parts of town. They also need a sense of belonging. And their families need extra support.
The new report says that in 37 states with relevant data, only 9 percent of all public schools missed AYP during the 2008-09 school year because of how students with disabilities performed and at least one other reason, and 5 percent missed it solely because of students with disabilities' performance on state tests.
The combination of a surge in the use of response to intervention and a lack of consensus about how much of a role cognitive assessment should play in an evaluation prompted the National Center for Learning Disabilities this month to issue new set of guidelines on their view of how students with specific learning disabilities should be identified.
Students who use the choice option to attend private schools would have to participate in state standardized testing, and states getting federal money for disadvantaged students and students with disabilities will have to create open-enrollment plans.
Although more students with disabilities than ever are included in state testing programs, giving these students high quality assessments in the future, tests that measure how adept they are at mastering the Common Core State Standards seem to have an endless number of hurdles to overcome before students face them in the 2014-15 school year.
Among the presidential hopeful's education proposals is one regarding expanding school choice options for low-income students and students with disabilities.