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Emma Kerrigan, right, attends the private Lawrence School in Broadview, Ohio, with help from the state’s voucher program for special needs students.
—Dustin Franz for Education Week

Vouchers Put Some Parents in Squeeze on Special Ed. Rights

In order to accept vouchers for private schools, parents of students with disabilities generally must waive their children's individual rights to services under the federal special education law. (July 19, 2016)

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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12/02 04:00 pm | College Board Makes it Easier for Students With Disabilities to Get Accommodations | Most students whose IEPs call for testing accommodations will have those same accommodations approved when they're taking the SAT or Advanced Placement tests.

Unwrapping the Gifted Blog

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.

Related Webinars

Special Education Webinars

These virtual broadcasts address the achievement gap for students with disabilities and strategies to help them succeed in the classroom.

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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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Eight researchers weigh in on how RTI can be implemented successfully.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Advocates for students with disabilities say they'll want to be at the table as states hammer out plans to comply with the new federal education law.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Special education teacher Kristin Baningoso shares an activity that she incorporates into her classroom that can help educators explore race and culture topics and get students engaged in meaningful conversations.
December 17, 2015 – Teacher
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 9, 2015 – Education Week
December 9, 2015 – Education Week
An atypical partnership is tackling one of the most persistent challenges for the charter sector—serving students with disabilities.
December 2, 2015 – Education Week
Response to intervention failed to improve the reading skills of students identified for initial interventions in a 13-state study.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Enacted in 1975, the law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act remade the landscape for an often-vulnerable, once-overlooked population of students.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
A Geneva-based philanthropy has invested more than $28 million in the past six years to help children, adolescents, and adults with learning impairments that haven't been formally diagnosed.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
The wave of federal documents is likely to continue in the coming months, lawyers who work on special education issues told those attending a conference in Baltimore.
October 14, 2015 – Education Week

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