ERIC Number: EJ879551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Delivering Educational Services that Meet the Needs of All Students
Ferretti, Ralph P.; Eisenman, Laura T.
Exceptional Children, v76 n3 p378-383 Spr 2010
Federal policies intended to promote educational equity, especially through state accountability mechanisms, have mobilized efforts to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. Although these efforts have met with some success, achievement gaps remain. The authors argue that local cultures of teaching practices and decision making continue to be the primary influences on learning experiences, and that improving outcomes for children and youth with disabilities will require attention to the social and cultural factors that affect the interpretation of policy and impact local practices. While recognizing the many technical challenges to implementing effective practices and limited resources for meeting students' needs, the authors stress that progress towards the attainment of equitable outcomes will be grudging unless the limited financial and human resources are allocated in ways that recognize the diversity and complexity inherent in the development of all learners and the local educational institutions that serve them.
Descriptors: Equal Education, Academic Achievement, Disabilities, Cultural Influences, Teaching Methods, Educational Policy, Accountability, Special Needs Students, Decision Making, Social Influences, Student Diversity, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001