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ERIC Number: ED464450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 66
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Twenty-Five Years of Educating Children with Disabilities: The Good News and the Work Ahead.
Kober, Nancy
This publication highlights statistics showing the progress made during the past quarter-century in educating children with disabilities. It also includes data showing how much more needs to be done to prepare all students with disabilities for a productive and independent future. Part 1 discusses sources of the statistics and the key role of the federal government in expanding educational opportunities. Part 2 summarizes positive trends in special education based on 16 indicators, and Part 3 discusses future challenges. The information indicates: (1) the goal of ensuring access to public education for students with disabilities has largely been met; (2) the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has been a major force behind this progress, but credit is also due to parents and educators and changing attitudes toward students with disabilities; (3) a solid infrastructure is now in place for educating students with disabilities; (4) it is time for special education to look beyond ensuring access as an endpoint and focus on improving educational quality for students with disabilities; (5) standards-based reform in general education has created new challenges for special education; and (6) it is time to rethink both the requirements and funding levels of IDEA. (Contains 17 references.) (CR)
American Youth Policy Forum, 1836 Jefferson Pl., NW, Washington, DC 20035. Tel: 202-775-9731; e-mail: For full text: Center on Education Policy, 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 522, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-822-8065; e-mail: For full text:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.; Center on Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act