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Deborah Lynam, a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia, seen with her son Hudson, 11, at their home in Haddon Heights, N.J., has helped build the parent-driven advocacy group into a 50-state movement that presses its concerns nationally.
—Charles Mostoller for Education Week

Parent-Driven Group Wields Influence on Dyslexia Concerns

Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots coalition founded by parents of children with the learning disability, has a presence in all 50 states and sympathetic ears among state and federal policymakers. (December 7, 2015)

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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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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
October 30, 2013 – Education Week
A dispute before the state's high court is part of a trend of funding-equity cases that touch on state responsibility for early-childhood education.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has led major changes in the city's school system since he took the office in 2002.
October 29, 2013 – Education Week
School districts are cutting professional development and technology and shifting money from general education as they cope with the impact that federal funding cuts are having on the flow of money to special education programs.
October 2, 2013 – Education Week
A "landmark" agreement prompted by a U.S. Department of Justice probe is opening new doors for students with intellectual disabilities in Providence, R.I.
September 25, 2013 – Education Week
The Providence, R.I. district was rocked earlier this year when a U.S. Justice Department investigation found the system was improperly segregating high school students with intellectual disabilities. Since then, the school system has been working to fully incorporate these students into their high school.
September 24, 2013 – Education Week
Language translations and a read-aloud option are among the accommodations approved by the Smarter Balanced group.
September 18, 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 21, 2013 – Education Week

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