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August 19, 2011

Survey of School, District Workers Shows Wider Use of RTI

In a survey of nearly 1,400 school- and district-level workers, 68 percent said they are either in full implementation or in the process of districtwide implementation.

May 05, 2011

1 Percent Means 1 Percent, Except When There's an Exception

For years, the U.S. Department of Education has allowed Ohio to count more than 1 percent of the test scores of students with severe cognitive disabilities who take alternate exams as passing when calculating adequate yearly progress, or AYP.

April 25, 2011

Education Secretary Answers Teachers' Special Ed. Questions

Education Secretary recently answered questions from special education teachers all over the country who wanted to know about performance pay, funding, testing, and more.

April 15, 2011

Updated: Bipartisan TALENT Act Puts Spotlight on Gifted Students

A bill introduced in Congress would expand the focus of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or No Child Left Behind, to put a spotlight on gifted and high-ability students.

March 16, 2011

Updated: Education Secretary Vows to Move Away From 2 Percent Rule for Testing Students With Disabilities

"I just want to say, here and now, for the record, we are moving away from the 2 percent proxy rule," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "We will not issue another policy that allows districts to disguise the educational performance of 2 percent of students."

February 10, 2011

Are Teachers in Training Good Enough for Special Ed.?

Groups advocating for children with disabilities are among those fuming over a Congressional move to reverse a court ruling preventing interns and teachers in training from being labeled highly qualified.

September 02, 2010

New Common Core Tests to Shelve "Modified Achievement Standards"

The department plans to do away with the so-called "2 percent tests" for students based on alternate achievement standards.

May 16, 2008

Books of the Future

Late last year I wrote an article on "universal design for learning," an educational philosophy that promotes using technology to supplement teaching materials and make them accessible to all types of students. UDL had found support among several disability advocacy organizations, who wanted the con...

May 12, 2008

Asian-Americans and NCLB

My colleague David Hoff has a great article on our Web site now about a group that contends Asian-American children are being shortchanged under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund noted that the NCLB provisions for tracking ethnic subgroups are...

March 20, 2008

A View of NCLB

I was excited to see an article about disability advocates' view of No Child Left Behind in the Washington Post earlier this week. It offers an interesting perspective about what the federal law has meant for children with disabilities. One of the articles featured source-extraordinaire Ricki Sabia,...

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