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Ninth graders at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Md., take part infield-testing for assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The exams will be rolled out in final form during the 2014-15 academic year.
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Common-Assessment Groups Differ on Accommodations

But the two state consortia both aim to provide a more-inclusive experience for English-language learners and students with disabilities. (April 21, 2014)

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07/22 03:21 pm | Special Educators Connect at Annual Project Directors' Conference | The three-day event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, focuses on everything from early education for students with disabilities to transition planning.

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Federal officials are looking more at how well students with disabilities are taught, and less on strict compliance with voluminous regulations.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
Advocacy groups seek to publicize the problem of sexual abuse of students with disabilities, highlighting strategies to protect a population statistically more likely to be victimized.
June 24, 2014 - Education Week
Neuropsychologist David H. Rose, a principal architect of Universal Design for Learning, says classrooms need a richer mix of resources and more emotion.
June 18, 2014 - Teacher
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
A measure passed by the Louisiana legislature would give teams of teachers, administrators, and parents wide latitude in setting graduation and promotion requirements for students with disabilities.
May 30, 2014 - Education Week
Fueled by a federal "innovation" grant, the initiative aims to improve the academic, socialization, and communications skills of students with severe cognitive and behavioral needs.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
Schools are using a variety of approaches to improve social interactions between students with developmental disabilities and their typically developing peers.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
But the two state consortia both aim to provide a more-inclusive experience for English-language learners and students with disabilities.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
The two organizations, both federally funded, are developing alternate assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities, but are working under very different theories of learning.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week

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