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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)

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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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June 2, 2015 - Education Week
It's hard to say, but more schools are focusing on building postsecondary transition plans for their students with disabilities.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
Despite federal efforts to bring uniformity to high school graduation calculations, states are inconsistent in setting diploma requirements for special education students.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
The students with special needs who find the most success in college or the workplace are often those who were taught to stand up for themselves.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
See how many K-12 students there are with certain specific disabilities, and how many of those students drop out or graduate with a regular high school diploma.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
Despite their intellectual disabilities, Robbie and Cullen Prall got regular academic instruction in high school, but little guidance on what to do later on.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
Educators thought Jonathan Kratchman's autism would deter him from applying to colleges, but the Cherry Hill, N.J., high school senior thought otherwise.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
High school senior Gloria Clark knew she could succeed in college, but she had a harder time persuading university admissions officials to let her try.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
At the school serving students with emotional disturbances or autism, Christopher Lineman is working on the skills he needs to succeed at a job and extend his education.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
At Gallaudet University, Gideon Firl is hoping he can continue to receive some of the same social and academic supports he received at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week

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