You want evidence-based teaching practices?

In “How to Improve Student Learning in Every Classroom Now,” Janet Twyman and Bill Heward (in press) published excellent descriptions of effective practices, complete with descriptions, examples, links, and more. If you follow Teach Effectively, you'll be familiar with the practices they describe, but their article brings them together in one clear summary. Here's their […]
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Breaking: Supreme Court To Hear Special Ed Case #SupremeCourt #ServiceDog #Exhaustion

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear Fry v Napoleon Community Schools, #15-497.  It is a service dog case. Unfortunately, however, the issue before the court has very little to do with service dogs and the rights of kids with disabilities to have service dogs in school. Instead the issue is the more legalistic one of exhaustion of administrative remedies. 

The parent brought the case under ยง504 and ADA. The District Court dismissed the complaint because the parents had not exhausted administrative remedies by first having an IDEA hearing. The Sixth Circuit affirmed by a 2-1 vote.  After requesting a brief from the Solicitor General, the Supremes granted (Read more...)
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House Committee Takes Steps to Improve Higher Education

RepsThe following bills were introduced by the House last week. 

  • Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act(H.R. 5528) is aimed to reform federal student aid.  The measures proposed help students to make more informed financial decisions. Read more here.
  • Accessing Higher Education Opportunities Act (H.R. 5529) will assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions pursuing a career as a physician, dentist, or other health care professional. Read more here.
  • HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act(H.R. 5530) will improve access, oversight, and strengthen financial counseling to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Read more here.
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Equity for Students with Disabilities: ESSA Subgroup Accountability

AEDThe Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) requires data to be collected on the academic advancements and supports of subgroups.  A subgroup refers to groups based on racial/ethnic status, socio-economic status, English-language ability, and disability status.  In a report, Ensuring Equity in ESSA: The Role of N-Size in Subgroup Accountability, initiated by the Alliance for Excellent Education, n-size is defined as state-set minimum number of students required in a subgroup at the school, district, and state-levels.  When states have n-sizes too large, many problems can result including subgroups may not be counted in the data.  Lower n-sizes allows states to effectively id (Read more...)

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Large Scale Assessments for Children with Disabilities

NCEOThe National Center on Educational Outcomes has two new publications on large-scale assessments:

1) Principles and Characteristics of Inclusive Assessment Systems in a Changing Assessment   Landscape (NCEO Report #400)  This revision includes updated principles which reflect a broader perspective on inclusive assessment for students with disabilities and English language learners.

2) 2013-2014 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities (NCEO Report #401) The National Center on Educational Outcomes has published their seventeenth report to describe how states publicly report online assessment data for students with disabil (Read more...)

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Weekly Question!

What questions about special education should we ask the major party candidates for President? #Education Politics
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Barbash: Fix affirmative action by fixing k-12 instruction

In a clearly reasoned, researched, and written analysis, Shepard Barbash argued that the solution to racial disparity in higher education outcomes is not likely to come from affirmative action. Instead, he wrote, it will come from improving instruction in K-12 schooling. Yes, indeed! We need to teach effectively. His essay is worth the read.
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Procedural Safeguards Under IDEA #ProceduralSafeguards

What mechanisms does the special education law have for parents who disagree with decisions by a school district about the education of a child with a disability? Are there procedural safeguards that protect a school district?

Procedural safeguards are at the heart of the system established by the special education law. The philosophy underlying the Act is that parents and school districts will work together collaboratively to ensure an appropriate education for children with disabilities. Schaffer v. Weast 546 U.S. 49, 126 S.Ct. 528, 44 IDELR 150 (11/14/2005). But the law also recognizes that there must be procedural safeguards to ensure that the important public policies establish (Read more...)
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Breaking: Departments of Education and HHS Release New Guidance on Foster Children #FosterCare

The U. S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released guidance to states, school districts and child welfare agencies on the new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for supporting children in foster care. The guidance aims to assist state and local partners in understanding and implementing the new law, and to inform state and local collaboration between educational and child welfare agencies across the nation for the well-being of children in foster care. The guidance is the first the Department of Education is releasing regarding provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act, in the coming weeks and months to help states, (Read more...)
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Policy on Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Education

Health EdThe U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services have created a joint policy to support Dual Language Learners (DLL). The purpose of this policy statement is to promote the learning of DLLs by providing States with recommendations to optimize early education experiences and promote bilingualism or multilingualism. 

Read more here.

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