New Interventions and Studies Added to the Academic Intervention Tools Chart by the The National Center on Intensive Intervention

InterventThe National Center on Intensive Intervention recently released the updated Academic Intervention Tools Chart. This chart represents the results of the fourth annual review of academic intervention studies by the Center’s Technical Review Committee (TRC).

The chart provides ratings on the quality of studies on commercially available academic intervention programs. These interventions can be used as part of a data-based individualization program for educating students with disabilities who require intensive intervention due to persistent learning problems. Additional information on how to implement the programs can be found on the chart as well.

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Total State K-12 Funding Below 2008 Levels in Most States

Logo (2)Most states provide less support per student for elementary and secondary schools — in some cases, much less — than before the Great Recession, according to a study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. At least 31 states provided less state funding per student in the 2014 school year (that is, the school year ending in 2014) than in the 2008 school year, before the recession took hold. In at least 15 states, the cuts exceeded 10 percent. See where your state ranks here.

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The State of the Teaching Profession Graphed

Ed-weekIn its second annual wrap up of the state of teaching, Education Week takes a look at teaching through the lens of students. The article analyzes nine categories depicted through charts such as: how many new teachers stay in the profession; teacher shortages; student poverty; discipline bias, suicide; gender and computer science; and more.  

Assistant editor Ross Brenneman says that the charts “serve as a reminder about some of the struggles educators face on a frequent basis that may not garner as much attention as perhaps deserved.”

Click here to read the article.

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New IES Early Childhood Research Network

Logo (1)The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is launching a new research network that will develop reliable information and useful tools to improve early childhood education across the country.  Some $26 million in grants have been awarded for the creation of the Early Learning Network, which will conduct its work over the next five years.  The main focus of the network is to identify malleable factors associated with children’s school readiness and achievement as they move from preschool to the early elementary school grades.

Click here to learn more about the Early Learning Network.

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Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-20 Countries

NCESThe National Center of Education Statistics recently released this report, Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-20 Countries that draws on the information about education from the International Indicators of Education Systems (INES) project at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as international assessments ranging across the lifespan from grade 4 through adulthood. Topics covered include population and school enrollment, academic performance, contexts for learning, expenditure for education, and educational attainment and income.

The G-20 countries, which are among the most economically developed, represent 85 percent of (Read more...)

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Second Circuit Affirms TK Bullying Decision #bully #FAPE

On January 20, 2016, the influential Second Circuit court of appeals affirmed the seminal TK bullying decision by the District Court for the eastern District of New York. The TK decision is the leading case on bullying and IDEA. You can read our previous posts on the TK decision here,  and here.

The Second Circuit affirmed the district court decision below. Significantly, however, the appellate court did not decide whether the failure of a school district to consider bullying in the development of an IDEA can constitute a violation of IDEA because the school district in this case conceded the issue. Given that concession, the Second Circuit found a procedural violation by the district no (Read more...)
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Weekly Question!

As we run a series of posts on my interview with Michael Yudin, asst Secretary of Ed for Special Ed, etc, it should be obvious that I didn't get to ask all the questions that I wanted to ask in the limited time available to him. What would you like to ask Michael Yudin?
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Sometimes My Job Is Pretty Cool


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Exclusive Interview of Michael Yudin, Assistant Secretary of Education – Part IV #Yudin, #interview

This is the fourth post involving our exclusive interview with Michael Yudin, the Assistant Secretary of Education for special education and rehabilitative services. This is a big honor for this blog!

His biography is available in a previous post. We are grateful to the Secretary and his staff for this interview.

The format of the interview will be questions by me signified by (JG), and answers by the Assistant Secretary, signified by (MY).  Here is the fourth segment:

JG:  Bullying is the hot button issue in education law, the problem extends beyond just special education, what should a parent do if she suspects that her child with a disability is being bullied at school?
MY: We issue (Read more...)
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OSERS Issues Annual Report To Congress

Last month OSERS issued its annual report to the U. S. Congress. The report contains a wealth of information about special education in America. In addition to numerous charts and graphs, the thirty-seventh annual report to congress of Implementation of IDEA contains information on both Part C and Part B. The data and findings include child count, educational environments, participation in assessments, discipline and dispute resolution. You can review the entire 247 page report here.

Here are some of the key national findings for students age 6 to 21 served under Part B:

 • In 2013, a total of 5,847,624 students ages 6 through 21 were served under IDEA, Part B. Of these students, 5,734,39 (Read more...)
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