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Teachers of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Legal Compliance
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:02:00 -0400 The Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD) recently released a position statement titled, "Teachers of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Critical Resource Needed for Legal Compliance." The purpose of this statement is to share evidence supporting the model to meet the language, communication, academic, and social needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
IES Study Identifies Trends in Bullying
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:02:06 -0400 The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) revealed new data points that look at trends in bullying at school over time. The report, the result of a survey issued by the School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) using a national sample of students ages 12 to 18, examines the repetition and power imbalance as aspects of bullying students experienced and reviews the impact of these components of bullying on students’ school work, relationships, physical health, and feelings about themselves. According to the figures, 20.8 percent of students reported being bullied at school. A greater percentage of...
Students with Disabilities Disproportionally Disciplined
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:14:49 -0400 The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released report to congressional requesters, K-12 EDUCATION: Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities found black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionality disciplined (e.g. suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools. The GAO analyzed the Department of Education national civil rights data for school year 2013-2014. These disparities were widespread and persisted regardless of the type of disciplinary action, level of school poverty, or type of public school attended. The GAO looked at patterns of out-of-school suspensions, in-school suspensions, and expulsions, referrals to law enforcement, school-related arrests, and corporal...
NAEP Scores Flat for Students with Disabilities
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:13:40 -0400 The Institute of Education Sciences recently released the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for math and reading. Students with disabilities posted flat scores on the “Nations Report Card”, and failed to close the gap with students not identified as having disabilities, who also reflected generally flat performance since the 2015 assessment. The majority of students with disabilities performed in the “below basic” achievement level. NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. History, and in technology...
CEC Celebrates and Recognizes Specialized Instructional Support Personnel
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:12:44 -0400 National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) Awareness Week (April 11-20) is an opportunity to recognize the important contributions these professionals make in our nation’s schools. As a member of the National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (NASISP), CEC celebrates over a million professionals including school counselors, school nurses, psychologists, school psychologists, social workers, school social workers, occupational and physical therapists, art, dance/movement, and music therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists. SISP professionals provide high quality, and evidence-based prevention and intervention services to address barriers to educational success, ensure positive conditions for learning, and help all students achieve academically, and ultimately...
Tell Congress to Protect Funding for the Javits Gifted Education Program!
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:32:00 -0400 The President’s FY2019 budget proposal recommended the elimination of funding for the Javits Gifted Education Program. Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Casey (D-PA) have penned a “Dear Colleague” letter in support of the Javits Gifted Education Program to be sent to the Appropriations Committee. Please call your Senators TODAY and ask them to sign this bipartisan letter by Wednesday, April 11: CALL Capitol Switchboard – (202) 224-3121 Ask to be connected to your Senators. The Javits Gifted Education Program is the only federal investment for children and youth who are gifted.
Evaluation of Data From The Teacher Compensation Survey: School Year 2007-08 Through 2009-10
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:30:00 -0400 The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released a Research and Development report that summarizes the results of the data collected through the organization’s Teacher Compensation Survey (TCS) for the 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. It provides an overview of the survey methodology; comparisons of TCS data with other data sources; a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of TCS data; and findings and descriptive statistics from the years of data collected.
Center for American Progress Embraces Seven Education Policy Ideas
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:27:00 -0400 Education is at the root of the country’s broader economic challenges, and improvements to the education system offer the solution. A progressive education agenda can ensure that all Americans are afforded the education needed to meet these challenges. Pathways leading to high-wage jobs and careers that will enable workers to provide for themselves and their families are important goals for our education system. The Center for American Progress proposed enacting these seven progressive policy ideas for educational equity. Provide a tutor for every child performing below grade level. Offer free breakfast and lunch for all students, regardless of income. Ensure...
Pre-Kindergarten Effects: Current State of Scientific Knowledge
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:25:00 -0400 A Pre-Kindergarten Task Force of interdisciplinary scientists reviewed the impact of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs on preschoolers. The report, The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects, concluded that continued implementation of scaled-up pre-kindergarten programs is most effective as long as the implementation is accompanied by rigorous evaluation of impact on preschoolers. Factors used to evaluate the effects of pre-kindergarten programs on preschoolers included household income, race and ethnicity and type of program. In addition, the quality of the preschools within and across funding streams was examined. However, the effect of pre-kindergarten programs on preschoolers with disabilities was not addressed...
SEND YOUR INPUT: Secretary DeVos Convenes Meeting of Federal Commission on School Safety
Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0400 U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently convened an organizational meeting of the Federal Commission on School Safety. The meeting was not open to the public or the press. In addition to Secretary DeVos, the Commission included Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. The Commission “discussed staffing, the timeline for future meetings with stakeholders, coordination with State and local partners, the scope of the Commission’s work and how best to incorporate stakeholder input” on the issue areas the President directed the Commission to study, according to the...