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The Important Role Principals Play in Special Education

Few principals have deep experience with special education, but managing it effectively is possible. Some experts offer their ideas for school leaders.(October 16, 2018)


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Spotlight on Special Education

In this Spotlight, learn about new testing accommodations for special education students, how vouchers are affecting parents of students with disabilities, and the potential of personalized learning for all students.

Spotlight on Response to Intervention (2018)

As proposed rules emerge on The Every Student Succeeds Act, policymakers and educators are grappling with the impact of the law on data reporting, accountability, and parent and community engagement. In this Spotlight, learn about the key highlights of the new law and reactions to the proposed rules on accountability, test participation, and school interventions.

Spotlight on Improving Reading in Schools

Schools are implementing various strategies to improve reading among struggling learners. In this Spotlight, learn how educators are intervening on behalf of dyslexic students in reading and math, when students with low proficiency should be retained, and how research can reshape instruction.

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Response to Intervention 2.0
This special report on RTI—Education Week’s second such report—explores the challenges facing educators as they adopt RTI for new uses, scale it up to more schools and districts, and use it to improve learning for all students.

Next Steps: Life After Special Education
While the nation's graduation rate has hit another historic high, prospects are more mixed for children and youths with disabilities, according to Diplomas Count 2015.

Special Education: Practice & Pitfalls
Educators and parents use a range of promising tools as they work to serve the needs of the nation’s 6 million students with disabilities amid continuing challenges.

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What are the essential components of response to intervention (RTI) initiatives, how have schools struggled to implement RTI, and what factors have contributed to school improvement?

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Dyslexia?
What are the early signs of dyslexia in children, how can educators improve a child's reading accuracy, and what is the state of dyslexia-specific laws in the U.S.?

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Map: Minorities in Special Education: Which Districts Are Out of Line?
Here's a look at which districts identified themselves as having racial and ethnic disparities in special education in the 2015-16 school year.

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A federal judge told the Trump administration it can't delay a policy aimed at drawing closer attention to minority over-representation in special education. Here are seven key things to know.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
Allegations that some students lied about having disabilities so they could get special accommodations on college entrance exams have the disabilities community worried about a backlash.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
Special education students need more support, but so do their teachers, writes high school teacher Josh Brown.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
After investing eight years on a system that fell far short of expectations, the city is gearing up to replace or fix it.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
The Education Department made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision in delaying an Obama-era rule that would change the way states monitor how minority students are identified and served in special education, a federal judge rules.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers specializing in students with disabilities feel mostly competent in their own abilities, but far less confident in their general education colleagues, among other findings.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
When their advocates are on the picket line, historically marginalized students are hit particularly hard, warns one special education paraprofessional.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Special Ed. Has a Data Problem
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Let's Have a National Discussion
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights and special education offices are teaming up for compliance reviews, more assistance to schools and districts, and better data collection on the extent of seclusion and restraint.
January 23, 2019 – Education Week

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