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In this Spotlight, learn about new testing accommodations for special education students, how vouchers are affecting parents of students with disabilities, and the potential of personalized learning for all students.

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In this Spotlight, assess the challenges and opportunities for using RTI to improve reading skills and consider whether RTI can work for teachers in addition to students.

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While the nation's graduation rate has hit another historic high, prospects are more mixed for children and youths with disabilities, according to Diplomas Count 2015.

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This special report examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school.

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As a method of organizing efforts to help students who are struggling academically, response to intervention has seen widespread adoption.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, a Denver federal appeals court judge, has written or joined in opinions involving school discipline, special education, school employee speech, and more.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
The most recent federal data show an increase for the fourth year in a row in the number of special education students, driven by a rise in those with autism or "other health impairments."
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
A handful of words and phrases could end up setting the standard for the level of benefits school districts nationwide must provide to students with disabilities.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
An attack on a Chicago 18-year-old is a reminder that children and youths with disabilities are uniquely vulnerable, something federal education officials have aimed to address.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates for those with disabilities push to ensure the interests of such students are well-represented in states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Response to intervention has come a long way from its origins in special education law—but not without some bumps along the way.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Here's a glossary for help in understanding multitiered systems of support, response to intervention, and their related uses.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Martin County, Ky., is using a $1.5 million federal grant to unite its secondary schools in a push to create a better school climate.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Georgia school administrator John O'Connor answers readers' questions about implementing an RTI-like system of supports in their own school districts.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week

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