Alliance for Excellent Education Explains the Importance of N-Size

June 8, 2016

Education Week examines Alliance for Excellent Education’s concerns that the accountability regulations in ESSA “would let too many English-language learners, students in special education, minorities, and disadvantaged students slip through the cracks.” The report focuses on a provision that would allow states to pick any...

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ASHA Advises Members to Engage Their States on ESSA

June 16, 2016

ESSA will give members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association “the opportunity to play an important role in providing information to the states as they develop their plans,” according to an analysis from ASHA. The association analyzed how ESSA will affect members in 11 specific areas,...

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NY State Dept. of Ed Submits Comments Focused on Greater ESSA Flexibility

September 9, 2016

The New York State Education Department submitted comments on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Academic Assessments under ESSA. The comments focused on the “need to provide states with greater flexibility in the testing of certain English language learners and students...

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Special Ed Advocates Not Loving the Empire State

November 5, 2017

Education Week’s Alyson Klein writes that special education advocates “have a message for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: Don’t let New York wiggle out of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s testing requirements for students with significant cognitive disabilities.”

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Special Ed Testing Waivers Worrying Advocates

June 13, 2018

Education Week’s Alyson Klein reports that Education Secretary DeVos “has allowed nearly half of states to get wiggle room” from an ESSA provision “aimed at making sure that only a small percentage of students are taking alternative tests reserved for children with the most significant...

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Local MN District Leveraging ESSA to Improve Special Ed Math Curriculum

October 8, 2018

Theresa Bourke reports about a local district’s effort to improve their special ed math curricula as part of their continuous improvement plan under ESSA. The district “began the initiative last year because data showed special education students—especially at the elementary and middle school levels—were not...

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DC Data Analysis Holds Answers to Special Ed Questions

February 20, 2019

Reporting for The 74, Sarah Berger Sandelius highlights three takeaways from D.C. data on special education. While “evidence shows that addressing the needs of our most diverse learners presents a tremendous opportunity, with benefits for the entire education community,” she writes. “We have a lot...

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New Take on Education Equity

March 18, 2019

Ashley Jochim, senior research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, notes the growing skills shift students need from traditional academics to non-achievement-based educational outcomes. She explains that ESSA, “implicitly recognizes this shift with its requirement that assessment of a non-academic measure of student...

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DeVos Focuses on Special Ed Teachers in Voucher Push

April 29, 2020

“After years of frustration in her attempts to expand education choice, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is picking up steam,” writes Andrew Ujifusa for Education Week. “Fresh evidence that DeVos is continuing her push to prioritize choice with federal funds can be found in...

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Coalition Pushes Congress to Ease Special Education Funding Mandate in Light of Pandemic

May 27, 2020

A coalition of education organizations is pushing Congress “to waive a provision in federal law that requires school districts to maintain consistent funding levels for special education from year to year.” The “maintenance of effort” provision, part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, is...

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