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February 11, 2015

Survey: Practices Vary at Schools That Must Report on Students With Disabilities

A federally-funded survey found that schools were more likely to adopt certain educational practices and move students to regular classrooms if they were required to report on the performance of students with disabilities.

January 22, 2015

Advocacy Groups Oppose Removal of Special Education Testing Caps

Allowing an unlimited number of students with disabilities to take alternate tests will place them in a lower academic track, argues the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

January 07, 2015

Special Education Groups Urge Continued Testing in NCLB Reauthorization

Annual testing has been able to help pinpoint how students with disabilities are actually performing in school, say groups opposed to removing the requirement from federal law.

October 29, 2013

Performance of Students With Disabilities Hard to Gauge in School Accountability

Variability in state policy makes it difficult to compare states to one another, according to a report from the Institute of Education Sciences.

July 19, 2013

Special Education Groups Criticize House NCLB Rewrite

The groups uniformly disapprove of the elimination of some accountability provisions under the bill, which was approved in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

October 24, 2012

States Must Tread Cautiously on Evaluations of Special Ed. Teachers

With school reform efforts combining with federal incentives to encourage more districts and states to change how they evaluate teachers, the Council for Exceptional Children shares its views on evaluating special education teachers.

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.

October 10, 2012

The Other Achievement Gap: Children With Learning Disabilities

Children with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, make up 5 percent of all students. If those dyslexic students don't succeed, schools can't close the achievement gap between student with and without disabilities.

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.

July 23, 2012

Florida: Cut Schools for Severe Disabilities From Grading System

Special education centers in Florida for students with severe disabilities are now graded on the same scale as other schools because of the accountability plan the state agreed upon to get a waiver from some of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

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