Absences from class were the most important factor in explaining why students with disabilities fail more classes and have lower grades than their peers without identified disabilities in Chicago public schools, according to a new report by the Consortium on Chicago School Research. "Once we take into account the fact that students with disabilities miss many more days of school, their course failures and grades are similar to those of students without disabilities," says the report. Race, gender, socioeconomic status, age, and the types of schools students attend also explained part of the difference in academic performance. Self-reported study habits ...

Children who can keep up academically but not socially and emotionally pose a challenge for schools.

The risk was especially high among children exposed to both substances,the study found.

The approach was used to support struggling students in general education and to determine eligibility for special education services.

The administration must set a target range of special education students and help schools come closer to the range.

The recession is making public school gifted programs more attractive, the New York Times reports.

A judge in central Illinois has ruled that a 1st grader may continue using an autism helper dog in school, the Associated Press says. Judge Chris Freese, of Douglas County, Ill., ruled earlier this week that the dog should be considered a service animal, which means it's allowed in school under state law. The student's family argued the dog is akin to a seeing-eye dog for a person who is blind, and said it helped keep the boy calm and safe. For example, the dog helped prevent him from running out into cars in the parking lot, the AP story ...

A child with mild hearing loss can miss as much as half of what goes on in a classroom, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association says.

Lawyers for parents of students in special education to appeal the decision.

I wanted to alert our readers to another interesting blog they may also want to follow. This academic year, the Council for Exceptional Children, a professional association for special educators, is featuring blogs by four "newly minted" special educators, all in their first, second, or third year in the field, to discuss their experiences in the classroom....

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