The U.S. Department of Education has taken a politically symbolic step: It's officially said that states can offer alternate assessments only to the 1 percent of students who have severe cognitive disabilities.
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August 25, 2015
April 16, 2015
States would have to develop plans to prevent unnecessary restraint and seclusion in schools, and the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Education program would be reauthorized under the pending ESEA rewrite.
January 26, 2015
Intended for students who could not master grade-level content in one school year, these tests are on their way out, but they leave several lessons in their wake, says a recent analysis.
September 05, 2014
Public health experts are suggesting that for some low-income families, the Supplemental Security Income program is replacing the cash benefits that were cut by 90s-era welfare reform efforts.
March 24, 2014
The federal government currently pays less than 20 percent of the excess costs of educating a student covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
December 11, 2013
Advocates say the bipartisan budget accord reached by congressional negotiators to roll back sequestration cuts is a good move, but want to keep the pressure on lawmakers.
August 23, 2013
Most states have already pledged to do away with the tests, which were aimed at students who could not meet grade-level standards despite good instruction.
August 20, 2013
Moving a student with disabilities to a more-restrictive setting to address bullying may violate special education law, a U.S. Department of Education guidance letter says.
August 06, 2013
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.
July 22, 2013
The so-called "2 percent" tests prevent some special education students from accessing grade-level content, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities argues.