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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 district administrators' group would like to streamline handling of conflicts over individualized education programs.
May 7, 2013 - Education Week
Teachers can turn things around for students with special needs by engaging them in activities based on their strengths instead of their weaknesses, says a neuroscience expert.
April 9, 2013 - Teacher
States that run afoul of federal rules for special education funding will be punished, though not forever, under change to "maintenance of effort."
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
The consortia devising new common assessments must navigate many obstacles in making the tests accessible to English-learners and students with disabilities.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
Each federally financed consortia is crafting common guidelines for accommodating students with disabilities.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
Whether charter schools fairly serve children with special needs is a complicated question, write Robin Lake and Alex Medler.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
The NAEP policy board grapples with ways to expand participation of English-learners and students with disabilities.
March 12, 2013 - Education Week
Training can help educators work successfully with students with behavioral problems, Nancy Rappaport writes.
February 26, 2013 - Education Week
Vocational training offers a sound path for students with autism and other challenges, Susan Senator writes.
February 19, 2013 - Education Week
We honor diversity among students, except when it comes to their special needs. Neurodiversity provides a pathway for that to change, writes Thomas Armstrong.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week

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