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Information Underload: Florida's Flawed Special-Ed Voucher Program

In this report, Education Sector, independent think tank, describes Florida's special education voucher program as "seriously flawed." More»

In this report, Education Sector, independent think tank, describes Florida's special education voucher program as "seriously flawed."

GAO: States Need Help to Meet NCLB Special Ed Requirements

 The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on "Additional Assistance and Better Coordination Needed among Education Offices to Help States Meet the NCLBA Teacher Requirements."

 The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on "Additional Assistance and Better Coordination Needed among Education Offices to Help States Meet the NCLBA Teacher Requirements."

Government-Sponsored National Studies Available Online

Several national studies funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) are available on U.S. Department of Education's website.

Several national studies funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) are available on U.S. Department of Education's website.

National Center on Educational Outcomes

The National Center on Educational Outcomes offers an online accommodations bibliography that allows viewers to search a collection of empirical research studies on the effects of various testing accommodations for students with disabilities.

The National Center on Educational Outcomes offers an that allows viewers to search a collection of empirical research studies on the effects of various testing accommodations for students with disabilities.

 


 

Tools

Guides

  • Truth in Labeling: Disproportionality in Special Education
    This guide provides educators with basic information about disproportionality -- what it is, what causes it, and what the implications are for students, schools, and the community. More» 
  • The Puzzle of Autism
    "The Puzzle of Autism" is a succinct informational guide for all education personnel who work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. More»
  • Twice Exceptional Dilemma
    The "Twice-Exceptional Dilemma" outlines proper identification, delineates the roles and responsibilities of school districts and educators, and suggests accommodations and resources for addressing the needs of these unique students. The "Twice-Exceptional Dilemma" is available for purchase through the NEA Professional Library. Or you may download and print your own copy of the "Twice-Exceptional Dilemma" (, PDF, 906KB, 36 pps.) at any time.
  • IDEA and NCLB: Intersection of Access and Outcomes
    The National Education Association and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education joined together to produce this manual to provide guidance to states and local school district leaders who will be responsible for the implementation of both laws. More»

Understanding the Path to Being a "Highly Qualified" Special Education Teacher

After the IDEA Improvement Act of 2004 many special education professionals had trouble figuring out how IDEA's "Highly Qualified" provisions apply to them.  We help untangle the question by taking it one step at a time.

Read the definition of a Highly Qualified Special Education teacher.

 

 

Free Online Tool Helps Write Individualized Education Programs

NEA offers all educators a free online tool for writing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) as part of a Teacher Toolkit. The IEP and other tools can help teachers meet requirements of both IDEA and "Highly Qualified Teacher" provisions in the federal so-called "No Child Left Behind" Act.

NASET Provides "Transition Toolkit"

The National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET) is offering a toolkit to help districts evaluate and improve secondary education and better prepare all students, including those with disabilities, so they can succeed in the future.

Planning Sheet Helps Parents with Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are held at least once a year in nearly every school district in the country. While they are an excellent way for parents and teachers to communicate with one another, they are typically one of the most stressful events of the year -- for teachers and parents alike. Completing this "Conference Planning Sheet for Parents" can help you have a more productive meeting with your student's teacher.

NEA Offers 'IDEA Briefs' to Help Explain Law

NEA's 'IDEA Briefs' is a new series of documents that are issued to explain developments about and aspects of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). "IDEA Briefs," which use a question-and-answer format, offer detailed information important to educators, administrators, parents, and others who are interested in serving the educational needs of students with disabilities.


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