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Paraprofessional Vicky Henderson works with a 3rd grader, Payton, during story time in his special education classroom at Clinch County Elementary School in Homerville, Ga.
—Melissa Golden for Education Week

Progress, Challenges for Federal Special Education Law

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 10, 2015)

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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11/20 05:05 pm | Federal Special Education Official to Step Down by Year's End | Melody Musgrove, currently the director of the office of special education programs, will be returning to her home in Mississippi.

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.

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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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People looking to curb the behavioral-modification practices, including advocates for those with disabilities, are finding fertile ground among state lawmakers.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
Worries over federal compliance slow implementation of a new law giving school-based teams the power to develop course-completion and graduation standards for some special education students.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
The new agenda calls for more research on how students with Down syndrome can experience improved learning and memory and participate more in schooling.
January 13, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is retooling the way it provides technical assistance to states on complex issues involving students with disabilities.
December 9, 2014 - Education Week
Ensuring that charter schools don't turn away students with special needs and English-learners is the goal of secret-caller programs in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.
December 5, 2014 - Education Week
A new office at the U.S. Department of Education will aim to reduce duplication and boost support for states when it comes to monitoring and administering federal grant programs.
October 7, 2014 | Updated: June 23, 2015 - Education Week
Federal officials face a split among advocates and educators on whether to set a bright line for states in deciding if minorities are overidentified for special education services.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
September 23, 2014 - Education Week
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 - Education Week
Teach For All, a network in 34 countries, is focusing a new, two-year fellowship on students with what it terms "learning differences."
September 9, 2014 - Education Week

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