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Feds pledge more focus on outcomes for students with disabilities
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal special education officials reaffirmed a pledge to focus more on how special education students are faring, rather than almost exclusively concentrating on whether states are technically upholding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. At the IDEA Leadership Conference, Melody Musgrove, the director of the office of special education programs, shared trends on students' performance on state assessments and on dropout rates for students with disabilities, which have been largely unchanged for the past few years. More

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Better federal coordination could lessen challenges in the transition from high school
U.S. Government Accountability Office    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Students with disabilities face several longstanding challenges accessing services that may assist them as they transition from high school into postsecondary education or the workforce — services such as tutoring, vocational training, and assistive technology. The US General Accounting Office (GAO) collected information from federal, state and local agencies; parents; organizations serving individuals with disabilities; and others to produce this 71-page report with recommendations. LDA provided information from our state affiliates through the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, which was one of the organizations that GAO contacted for input. More

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AP Interview: Secretary Arne Duncan discusses impact of reforms as kids go back to school
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Education Secretary Arney Duncan says the following are some of the changes and challenges that children could notice as they start the new school year: a more well-rounded curriculum with less focus on a single test; higher academic standards; more difficult classwork; and, continued cuts to extracurricular and other activties because of the tough economy. More

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With a campus rich in technology support for all students, including those in a program for bright college-bound students with learning differences, The Storm King School offers a welcome sense of balance. Teachers use a 6,000-acre forest classroom adjacent to campus for environmental science labs, experiential lessons, and art in the spirit of the Hudson River School painters. For more information, go to

School districts get dyslexia grants
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The Lamar County School District and the Petal School District will be helping dyslexic students with three-year grants they have received from the Mississippi Department of Education. More

Advocates say special education bill was misunderstood
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The day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed a special education bill, supporters and opponents kept the debate going, even though chances of an override were unlikely. The bill, passed by both the New York State Senate and Assembly, would have required school districts to consider home environment and family background when deciding whether a child should be placed in a private school because the public schools could not meet his or her special needs. More

Dyslexia could never sack Tebow
New York Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tim Tebow was 7 years old when his mother Pam had him tested for learning disabilities. Tebow took a few tests to see how he processed information and what his IQ was. The results showed he was dyslexic. More

States struggle to meet special education goals
Disability Scoop    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nation is showing some signs of improvement in educating students with disabilities, though federal officials say nearly half of states continue to need help. For the 2010-2011 school year, 30 states met a series of goals for their special education programs, according to an analysis of new U.S. Department of Education ratings that was done by Education Week. That's up from 28 the year prior. More

Delay in brain development associated with ADHD
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A new NIH study suggests a delay in brain development, rather than a total alteration in normal development, is the instigating factor for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). More

Reconsidering Learning: Students and Their Environment AET's 34th National Conference
October 19-21, 2012 Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Washington, DC, feature speakers: Carol Kranowitz, MA, Deborah Waber, PhD, Maryanne Wolf, EdD,
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We now offer Reading Plus® to further improve reading speed and comprehension. We also leverage both Recording For the Blind and Dyslexic and Talking Books. MORE

GAO: Transition for students with disabilities can, must improve
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although a number of federal government programs and services are intended to help students with disabilities after they leave high school, those programs aren't coordinated well, making them difficult for students and their families to navigate, a new report from the Government Accountability Office says. More

Signs of ADHD evident by preschool, expert says
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One out of 11 school-aged children is diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and up to 40 percent of those kids may display symptoms in preschool, an expert says. More

Easily Create IEPs for Math

ALEKS offers a dedicated report that provides detailed student data, including Present Levels of Performance and progress toward standards mastery, to support the easy creation of IEPs for math. Explore this report and discover how ALEKS can help your students succeed in math by applying for a special, no-cost pilot.

New center will aim to develop more effective special educators
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How can special education teachers be more effective? The federal Education Department is funding a new center to find out. The department's office of special education said it will spend up to $5 million on the creation of the Center to Support the Development of Effective Educators to Serve Students with Disabilities. More

Study: Cyberbullying concerns have been overstated
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Reports of a cyberbullying explosion over the past few years because of increasing use of mobile devices have been greatly exaggerated, says psychologist Dan Olweus. He says his latest research, finds not many students report being bullied online at all. "Contradicting these claims, it turns out that cyberbullying, when studied in proper context, is a low-prevalence phenomenon, which has not increased over time and has not created many 'new' victims and bullies," the study finds. More

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Focus on strengths improves autistic teens' social skills
PsychCentral    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Emerging research suggests that given the appropriate programming, autistic teens can improve their social skills during adolescence. Most would agree that junior high and high school years are emotionally challenging for all teens, and, for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), the time is often difficult. Deficits in social skills among teens with ASD may result in students being ostracized and bullied by their classmates. More

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