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Diana Diaz-Harrison, the founder of the Arizona Autism Charter School in Phoenix, talks with a young student at the school, while Sammy, her son, stands alongside her on the playground. The school is among about 100 charter schools across the country that specialize in serving students with special needs or disabilities.
—Patrick Breen for Education Week

Special Education Charters Renew Inclusion Debate

Dozens of charter schools are targeting students with disabilities whose parents feel their needs are not being served in regular public schools. (September 16, 2014)

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This Spotlight examines major trends in special education including how schools can work to improve their instructional cultures.

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12/18 03:18 pm | Louisiana Struggles in Allowing IEP Teams to Create Diploma Pathways | A new law that went into effect earlier this year is proving challenging to implement as the 2014-15 school year reaches its halfway point, according to local reports.

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09/04 07:12 am | Medical Misdiagnosis in the Gifted | Tamara Fisher interviews three experts about the individual and societal impacts of medical misdiagnosis of gifted youth.

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Differentiation: Moving Away from One Size Fits All
Students use technology to customize many aspects of their lives, and schools are now finding technology can also help teachers customize, or differentiate, instruction for each student.

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Tying Technology to Literacy for Students With Special Needs
In this webinar, two experts in assistive technology discussed the platforms and programs used by educators to enhance literacy learning for students with disabilities.

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E-Learning for Special Populations
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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A sample of English-learners and students with disabilities in California scored better when parts of the NAEP reading-comprehension test were read aloud to them.
March 25, 2014 - Education Week
Assistive technologies for students with autism have progressed with the help of iPads, tablets, and apps that assess learning, social skills, and communication, according to experts.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
The growing use of computer-based assessments is opening the door for all students to tap into accommodations once reserved primarily for students with disabilities.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
Wide disparities between students with disabilities and those in regular education could complicate performance factors when states undergo federal evaluation.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
One of the groups building common-core assessments is enacting a process to ensure that tech products are compatible with the tests, including certification of devices in exchange for an annual fee.
December 10, 2013 - Education Week
Most students with disabilities have the cognitive ability to achieve the same academic standards as their nondisabled peers, Candace Cortiella and Kalman R. Hettleman write.
November 12, 2013 - Education Week
Some built-in student accommodations for the common-core tests being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be unavailable during spring 2014 field tests.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
A dispute before the state's high court is part of a trend of funding-equity cases that touch on state responsibility for early-childhood education.
October 29, 2013 - Education Week
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has led major changes in the city's school system since he took the office in 2002.
October 29, 2013 - Education Week
October 29, 2013 - Education Week

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