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Study: Minorities Are Disproportionately Underrepresented in Special Education
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:11:33 -0400 In what is likely to be a controversial report, researchers from Pennsylvania State University just published a study that investigated whether minority children attending U.S. elementary and middle schools are disproportionately represented in special education. The researchers found that, contrary to widespread concerns that minorities are disproportionately identified to receive special education services, Black and Hispanic students are less likely than their white and non-Hispanic peers to be labeled as having a disability, when factors such as household income, low birth weight and parents' marital status are taken into account. A video by the American Educational Research Association featuring one...
Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:10:07 -0400 The National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota recently released their sixteenth report. This report analyzed how states publicly report online assessment data for students with disabilities in K-12 schools across the United States. For the report, researchers explored websites for the 50 states, the District of Columbia and 10 other areas including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While the availability and type of data disclosed by each state varied, the report found that there continues to be persistent, deep divisions between the performance of those with and without disabilities across the country on both...
U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for 7 States, D.C.
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:12:28 -0400 Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia have each received multiple years of continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). To read about each state, click here. To read the renewal letters, click here.
$12.8 Million in Grants to Improve Services, Outcomes for Children with Disabilities Awarded by U.S. Department of Education
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:10:51 -0400 Last week the U.S. Department of Education announced its award of more than $12.8 million in grants to help improve services and results for students with disabilities. The Special Education-Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities/Preparation of Leadership Personnel Program will give $3.6 million in awards which will be used to help prepare graduate students for leadership positions in special education, early intervention and related services. Because many college professors and administrators in special education are going to be retiring in the coming years, leadership shortages are expected to occur. Some of the funds will help...
IDEA Data Center Releases Technical Assistance Document
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:23:39 -0400 The IDEA Data Center recently released a technical assistance document that focuses on helping State Education Agencies (SEAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) better understand CEIS and its reporting requirements. It also provides examples of various data collection and reporting methods that states use to collect and report CEIS data. Click here to check out the IDEA Data Center resource library.
National Center for Education Statistics Releases Public School Safety and Discipline: 2013–14
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:22:19 -0400 A new National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) “First Look” report offers nationally representative data on public school safety and discipline for the 2013-14 school year. The report presents information on specific school safety and discipline plans and practices, training for classroom teachers and aides, security personnel, frequency of discipline problems, and number of incidents of various offenses. Among the findings: 65% of schools reported at least one “violent incident” occurred at school (at a rate of 15.8 per 1,000 students); 13% of schools reported at least one “serious violent incident” occurred at school (0.5 per 1,000 students); and 2%...
National Center for Education Statistics Releases The Condition of Education 2015
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:17:30 -0400 On May 28, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), released “The Condition of Education 2015,” a Congressionally mandated report to the country on education in America today. The report presents 42 indicators grouped under four areas: population characteristics, participation in education, elementary and secondary education, and postsecondary education. The report also underlines some issues of current policy interest: kindergartners’ approaches to learning behaviors and academic outcomes, disparities in educational outcomes among male youth of color, and differences in postsecondary attainment by socioeconomic status. Highlights from the report concerning children and youth...
Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:59:56 -0400 This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a time to celebrate the successes of its passing while also remembering that full inclusion and equal opportunity are still not a reality for many individuals with disabilities. The Act would not have been passed had it not been for those individuals who advocated so strongly on its behalf. The White House is asking for nominations for a White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations of both long-time local disability rights advocatesand young leaders with disabilities who are dedicated to disability advocacy and advancing the...
OSEP Policy Index for IDEA
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:58:48 -0400 The Secretary has published a list of correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education to individuals during the previous quarter. The correspondence describes the Department's interpretations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the regulations that implement the IDEA. This list and the letters or other documents described in this list, with personally identifiable information redacted, as appropriate, can be found here.
Yudin Confirmed
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:57:05 -0400 Last week, the Senate confirmed Michael Yudin to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education. Arne Duncan in his announcement of Yudin’s confirmation said, “Michael has dedicated his career to advocating for all students to have access to and receive a quality education. His wealth of personal experience and passion for equity have made Michael a major asset to the Department since he joined us in 2010. As Assistant Secretary, Michael will continue his commitment to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.” The Council for Exceptional...