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Deborah Lynam, a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia, seen with her son Hudson, 11, at their home in Haddon Heights, N.J., has helped build the parent-driven advocacy group into a 50-state movement that presses its concerns nationally.
—Charles Mostoller for Education Week

Parent-Driven Group Wields Influence on Dyslexia Concerns

Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots coalition founded by parents of children with the learning disability, has a presence in all 50 states and sympathetic ears among state and federal policymakers. (December 7, 2015)

Spotlight on Special Education and the Common Core

In this Spotlight, take a look at how alternative assessments align to the common core, see how testing accommodations differ between consortia, and examine how a results-driven accountability system is giving new life to instruction.

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Tests aligned to the common-core standards and specially designed for students with severe cognitive disabilities are managing to fill a need for a broad swath of states.
April 26, 2016 - Education Week
After years of steady decline, the number of school-age students covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has swung upward since the 2011-12 school year, an Education Week analysis shows.
April 19, 2016 - Education Week
In this graphic, see how the number of U.S. students enrolled in special education has changed over the past 20 years.
April 19, 2016 - Education Week
Testing and funding prove thorny issues as a panel of educators, advocates, and experts grapples with the specifics of crafting rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 11, 2016 - Education Week
A panel of educators, advocates, and others are seeking to hash out the best approach to regulating under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
March 29, 2016 - Education Week
March 22, 2016 - Education Week
Teachers must look beyond paperwork and conventional interventions and try to work with students as individuals, writes Ann Marie Stevens.
March 16, 2016 - Teacher
The Education Department is proposing regulations that aim to get a better handle on whether certain categories of students are singled out as needing special education at higher rates than other student groups.
March 8, 2016 - Education Week
An instructional framework called universal design for learning, or UDL, which supports multiple ways to teach lessons, has found a niche in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
February 23, 2016 - Education Week
In a Pennsylvania town roiled by controversy after a superintendent's resignation, a volunteer group's efforts seek to rebuild trust between the community and school district.
February 9, 2016 - Education Week

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