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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.

July 19, 2012

House Extends Labeling of Trainee Teachers as 'Highly Qualified'

The House version of the spending bill allows teachers in alternative certification programs to count as "highly qualified" as long as they are working toward certification and are part of a recognized program, for another two years.

June 14, 2012

Advocates: Don't Call Teachers-in-Training 'Highly Qualified'

The National Center on Learning Disabilities, which is urging calls to senators to ensure a provision about an alternate path to being considered a highly qualified teachers is killed, notes that students with disabilities, English-language learners, poor students, and students of color are the ones most likely to be taught by uncertified teachers.

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.

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