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July 26, 2012

Reading Program Ineffective for Students With Learning Disabilities

Reading Mastery is used in all 50 states and internationally, and Reading Mastery Signature is used in more than 6,500 schools across the country.

May 30, 2012

Including, Excluding Students With Disabilities Under NCLB

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.

May 25, 2012

How Should Students With Learning Disabilities Be Identified?

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.

May 23, 2012

Designing Common Core Tests For All Proving a Challenge

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.

May 02, 2012

Common Standards Push States to Focus on Special Ed. Practices

States are incorporating strategies long associated with special education to ensure students grasp the associated content regardless of their learning style or disability.

April 30, 2012

Bill Would Pay to Train Teachers of Students With Autism

School districts would partner with universities or nonprofit organizations to create training programs for general education teachers who have a many high-functioning students with autism in their classes.

April 26, 2012

D.C. Says Work Will Take Special Education Services to 'Next Level'

Among the work going on now is a review of practices across the district that will take inventory of the very best of these, then share them, something that doesn't always happen in the frenetic pace of a school year.

April 25, 2012

Parents Compelled to Secretly Wire Children to Track Events at School

In at least two cases, parents of children with autism fitted their children with recording devices to capture what happens in school. In both cases, students were subjected to hearing inappropriate conversations. One student was recorded being spanked repeatedly.

January 13, 2012

ESEA Bills Are 'Full Retreat From Accountability' for Special Education

Even with its imperfections, NCLB has forced schools to focus students with disabilities, one group says. The House bills back down from that completely, a threat to those students going forward.

August 31, 2011

Entering a Special Reality

While the school year hasn't quite started for thousands of students, many are in the throes of the school year. Some of the teachers and staff that work with students with disabilities will be learning along with their students, or already are.

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