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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.

March 02, 2012

Feds Pledge to Focus More on Quality of Special Education

The U.S. Department of Education said it is revamping the way it rates states to better address the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their peers.

February 28, 2012

New Grading System in Florida Wouldn't Grade Special Ed. Schools

The state is reworking its grading system for schools, and some worry that if special centers for students with disabilities go ungraded, special education students will be pushed out of traditional schools.

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 09, 2012

Waiver-Winning States Revamped Plans for Students With Disabilities

Nearly every state had to tweak its No Child Left Behind waiver plan to better demonstrate how the needs of students with disabilities and English learners would be addressed.

February 06, 2012

Testing? No, No Testing, No Matter What

Anthony Herrera could become ill if he takes high-stakes tests, his mother said, and he was discriminated against because he wouldn't take them. An investigation found he wasn't the victim of discrimination, but Anthony won't take the tests this year, anyway.

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.

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