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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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12/05 07:02 pm | Ed. Dept. to Host Listening Tour On Texas Special Education Enrollment | Officials want to hear from parents, students and educators in the wake of a newspaper series that said Texas is suppressing special education enrollment.

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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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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The growing use of computer-based assessments is opening the door for all students to tap into accommodations once reserved primarily for students with disabilities.
March 13, 2014 – Education Week
Assistive technologies for students with autism have progressed with the help of iPads, tablets, and apps that assess learning, social skills, and communication, according to experts.
March 13, 2014 – Education Week
Wide disparities between students with disabilities and those in regular education could complicate performance factors when states undergo federal evaluation.
January 29, 2014 – Education Week
One of the groups building common-core assessments is enacting a process to ensure that tech products are compatible with the tests, including certification of devices in exchange for an annual fee.
December 11, 2013 – Education Week
Most students with disabilities have the cognitive ability to achieve the same academic standards as their nondisabled peers, Candace Cortiella and Kalman R. Hettleman write.
November 13, 2013 – Education Week
Some built-in student accommodations for the common-core tests being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be unavailable during spring 2014 field tests.
November 6, 2013 – Education Week
For students with special needs, English-learners, gifted students, and others beyond the mainstream, educators have to work harder to make new standards fit.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week
While special education teachers hope the standards will help students with disabilities access the general curriculum, they struggle to align individualized education programs to the rigorous academic goals.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week
The developers of tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards wrestle with how to provide assistive technology for students with disabilities, while assuring test security.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week
The consortia developing common assessments are taking different approaches to addressing the controversial issue of accommodations for students with print-related disabilities.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week

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