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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)

Spotlight on Special Education

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

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08/28 03:49 pm | Special Educators in Pennsylvania Districts Set Strike Date | The special education teachers and staff in three Lehigh Valley districts have gone without a contract for a year.

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09/10 08:16 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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The U.S. Department of Education warns schools to think more broadly about who gets special services under federal disability laws.
January 31, 2012 - Education Week
A bill in the House on reauthorization would offer more leeway for districts and less federal oversight on use of education funding.
January 20, 2012 - Education Week
Around the country, educators are starting to turn to research in mind and brain science in teaching students with disabilities.
January 17, 2012 - Education Week
For a growing number of students with intellectual disabilities, college is becoming a bridge between special education and work.
December 13, 2011 - Education Week
A Gloucester County teacher who was videotaped while allegedly bullying a special-needs student could be on the way to losing tenure.
December 8, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
States are excluding fewer ELLs and special education students from NAEP tests but they still fall short of federal targets.
November 15, 2011 - Education Week
A service called Bookshare makes traditional books quickly accessible for students with certain disabilities.
November 1, 2011 - Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Manual Addresses Autism Teaching
Given the challenges of providing appropriate services to a student population with autism spectrum disorders, the need for evidence-based practice has never been so urgent.
October 24, 2011 - Education Week
In a growing number of special education programs, students and teachers are relying on iPads and other tablet computers to pave a smoother path to learning.
October 17, 2011 - Digital Directions
A collection of apps available for students with disabilities.
October 17, 2011 - Digital Directions

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