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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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07/17 12:06 pm | D.C. Council Set to Vote on Special Education Improvements | Observers say the District of Columbia schools, which has had a dysfunctional special education program for years, has been making notable improvements.

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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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At issue: new language intended to assure that those with disabilities are not steered into low-wage jobs.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
Siblings of students with disabilities are 60 percent more likely to drop out of school than students without such brothers or sisters, a new study says.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
The PARCC consortium outlines supports to be offered English-learners and students with disabilities on common-core-aligned assessments.
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
A network of schools helps students with emotional and behavioral issues build "soft skills" through job placement.
July 2, 2013 - Education Week
Researchers are finding that everyone benefits in preschool classes where children with autism spectrum disorders and their typically developing classmates are taught to work and play together.
June 24, 2013 - Education Week
The profession's standard reference guide, DSM-5, changes definitions for some disabilities commonly seen in schools.
June 3, 2013 - Education Week
Chicago's closing battles echo those in a growing number of urban districts where financial pressures are colliding with the needs of poor and minority communities.
May 30, 2013 | Updated: June 3, 2013 - Education Week
Two groups of states are crafting unique assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
May 21, 2013 | Updated: May 22, 2013 - Education Week
The district administrators' group would like to streamline handling of conflicts over individualized education programs.
May 7, 2013 - Education Week

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