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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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On Special Education Blog

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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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.

PD Directory

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Disability-rights advocates welcome new federal guidance on special education students and sports, while critics say federal officials are pushing costly new mandates.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week
As director of a regional special education agency, Judy Sorrell has been ahead of the game for much of her 33 years in the field.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, will leave after this term, setting the stage for a shakeup in K-12 policy leadership.
February 1, 2013 - Education Week
January 14, 2013 - Education Week
January 9, 2013 - Education Week
Asperger's syndrome didn't cause Adam Lanza's violent attack, say groups representing people with disabilities.
January 8, 2013 - Education Week
New definitions for disorders like Asperger's syndrome help determine who gets special education services.
December 11, 2012 - Education Week
Educators have a vital role to play in helping parents develop the skills to become effective advocates for children with autism, say Anne Foster, Debbie Rude, and Caroline Grannan.
December 7, 2012 - Education Week
Why should students have to fail before they are given the basic accommodation of extra time, asks one teacher.
October 30, 2012 - Teacher (Web)
Should healthy students have access to the growing variety of chemicals that can boost attention, memory, concentration, and other abilities related to academic performance?
October 19, 2012 | Updated: June 24, 2015 - Education Week

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