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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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01/17 01:14 pm | Ed. Dept. Pushes to Reduce 'Inappropriate' Restraint, Seclusion in Special Education | 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 ...

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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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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About RTI?
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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Young classmates of pupils with emotional and behavioral disabilities were found to have more absences, lower math and reading scores, and more disruptive behaviors.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
Final performance standards are aimed at raising professional-development requirements and educational standards for the federal preschool program, while cutting the red tape.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Let's Assess the Whole Child
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
A Michigan woman is responsible for filing some 500 federal complaints against school districts and others with websites she says disregard the needs of users who are blind or visually impaired.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
More than 300 educators, researchers, and advocates respond to a proposed federal rule on how to define whether minorities are disproportionately identified for special education services.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
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 20, 2016 – Education Week
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
This map includes state-by-state graduation rate data, as well as state graduation rates for historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups.
June 2, 2016 – Education Week
Research triggers a debate on whether students of color are underrepresented—or overrepresented—in special education classes.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week

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