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November 18, 2016

For Special Education Students, 'Regular Diplomas' Can be Watered Down

Individual states allow education teams to change the graduation requirements for students with disabilities, leading to students graduating with a less rigorous program of study.

November 04, 2016

Yonkers, N.Y., District Commits to More Inclusion of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights said that some students were placed in self-contained special education settings without an individualized justification for doing so.

November 18, 2015

IEPs Must Be Aligned to Grade-Level Standards, Says New Federal Guidance

An individualized education program is intended to allow a student to be involved in, and make progress in, the general education curriculum, according to recent guidance from the Education Department.

May 18, 2015

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to 'Stay Put' Ruling

The Monday action by the Supreme Court follows a recommendation from the Obama administration that the high court not take up the case, which involved a private school placement.

March 19, 2015

It's Not Your Imagination: Special Education Lingo Getting Harder To Grasp

A study found that official language in special education has gotten harder to read over time.

March 04, 2015

Home-Schooling Parents Protest Draft IEP Proposal by Sandy Hook Panel

An expert panel appointed by Connecticut's governor recommends in a draft that home-schooled students with disabilities receive individualized education programs and be monitored by their local school system.

January 15, 2015

Louisiana Sets Aside $251K for Training on Special Education Grade Promotion Law

Individualized education program teams have the authority to create alternate grade progression and graduation standards for some students with disabilities, but the policy is proving challenging to enact.

December 31, 2014

Top-Read Posts of 2014: IEPs, Common Core, Education Department Moves

Readers found posts on common standards and their implications for students with disabilities particularly compelling this year.

November 03, 2014

Maryland Parents Seeking Legislation to Shift IEP 'Burden of Proof'

A 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision placed the burden of proof in individualized education program disputes with the party that's bringing the complaint--usually the parents.

October 02, 2014

Creating Common-Core-Aligned IEPs Still a Challenge for Many Teachers

In a Oct. 1 Twitter chat, teachers shared their thoughts on their work with the common core and special education students

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