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May 15, 2013

Diplomas Elusive for Many Students With Learning Disabilities

Seventeen states do not meet the nationwide average of students with learning disabilities leaving high school with a regular diploma, a report finds.

October 22, 2012

Advocates: Uphold Grad. Rate Accountability Under NCLB Waivers

When reviewing some states' waiver applications, the Alliance for Excellent Education found that several of those approved inflate grad rates by combining calculations of the graduation rate that include GEDs with the four-year adjusted cohort rate, use alternative diplomas in their measure of high school completion, omit graduation rate accountability for student subgroups, and use extended-year graduation rates.

September 17, 2012

Outcomes for Students With Severe Disabilities Can, Must Improve

The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination today shared a set of recommendations to better prepare students with significant disabilities for the workforce and continue their education after high school.

February 27, 2012

House ESEA Bills Would Damage Some Students' Access to Diplomas

Some provisions in the bills about testing students with severe cognitive disabilities affect these students' access to diplomas—and that hurts their access to jobs, advocates say.

February 02, 2012

N.Y.C. Special-Needs Students Lack Services, Access to Elite High Schools

The city failed to provide special education services to about 1 in 4 students entitled to them during the 2009-10 school year, and the city's most elite high schools need to admit more students with disabilities.

September 08, 2011

Life Paths Diverge for Young Adults With, Without Disabilities

Six years after high school, students with disabilities are less likely to have gone on to postsecondary schools than their classmates without disabilities, less likely to have financial independence, but a little more likely to have children, according to a new study.

August 10, 2011

Student With Disability Eligible for School, but Not Sports

A North Carolina high school student who has Down syndrome is 19, which is too old to play on the school football team, according to state rules. But Brett Bowden can attend school until his 22nd birthday.

August 08, 2011

Review of IDEA Shows More Use of Response to Intervention

A new study evaluates many ways in which the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is working, and not. The study finds that more schools are using response to intervention, but fewer schools are able to address parents' complaints.

July 26, 2011

21 Years After ADA, Census Reveals Some Startling Statistics

While the Americans with Disabilities Act has improved the lives of many with disabilities, consider observing the 21-year anniversary of this law by reflecting on some ways their lives still could be improved.

July 19, 2011

Majority of Special Ed. Students in Texas Suspended, Expelled

Students with disabilities, in particular an emotional disturbance, are especially likely to be suspended or expelled from Texas middle and high schools, a new study finds.

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