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Blair, Peter; Recker, Mimi M.; Glomb, Nancy K. – Educational Media and Technology Yearbook, 2018
A wide variety of legislation impacts the jobs of special education teachers in the United States. In 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed into law, mandating that states develop standards and report outcomes for all students in the key areas of math and reading. In 2004, the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Faculty Development, Disabilities, Educational Legislation
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Bicehouse, Vaughn; Faieta, Jean – Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 2017
Special education, a discipline that aims to provide specialized instruction to meet the unique needs of each child with a disability, has turned 40 years old in the United States. Ever since the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142) in 1975, every state has been directed to provide a free and appropriate…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Decision Making, Data, Disabilities
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Björn, Piia M.; Aro, Mikko T.; Koponen, Tuire K.; Fuchs, Lynn S.; Fuchs, Douglas H. – Learning Disability Quarterly, 2016
Response to intervention (RTI) can be considered an everyday practice in many parts of the United States, whereas, in Finland, only recently has a new framework for support in learning taken shape. Choosing Finland as the comparative partner for this policy paper is justified as its educational system has been widely referenced on the basis of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Response to Intervention, Special Education, International Assessment
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Tyson, Patricia A. – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2015
One of the key concepts of the NCLB legislation was the improvement of student achievement in academics with the use of technology (NCLB, 2001). Ironically, the NCLB mandate of accountability has not provided the necessary resources for achieving its goals, and students with disabilities are, in fact, being left behind. Therefore, the law is…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Equal Education, Technology Uses in Education, Accessibility (for Disabled)
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Thompson, Carmelita – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2015
The principal is the key element in shaping and sustaining educational programs that provide children with disabilities the opportunity to be educated in the general education setting. Federal mandates require compliance in educational services for children with disabilities. This has changed the role of principals in education. As schools strive…
Descriptors: Principals, Inclusion, Disabilities, Special Education
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Mulcahy, Candace A.; Krezmien, Michael; Maccini, Paula – Preventing School Failure, 2014
While the Common Core State Standards and state learning standards guide teachers in what mathematical content knowledge should be addressed as well as the processes and proficiencies necessary for developing mathematical competence, several student- and teacher-related factors may hinder student access to the general education curriculum for…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Behavior Disorders
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Hourigan, Ryan M. – Arts Education Policy Review, 2014
Arts education and special education within public schools have faced similar challenges in the wake of school reform. Services and programming have been reduced, leaving a larger gap in resources and accessibility. Because of loopholes in policy, new reform initiatives such as vouchers and charter schools will continue to marginalize students…
Descriptors: Art Education, Educational Change, Special Education, Public Schools
New Jersey Department of Education, 2013
This document has been developed by the New Jersey Department of Education with the assistance of the TA Customizer Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Charter Schools Program (CSP) and conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE). Its focus is on providing information and technical…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Charter Schools, Special Education, Check Lists
National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness, 2013
This technical report synthesizes the process and information used by National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) in the development of a consistently applied definition of intervener services. It addresses challenges and questions, provides comparisons between interveners and paraprofessionals, and offers definitions, roles and concepts used by…
Descriptors: Intervention, Deaf Blind, Teamwork, Standards
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Smith, Garnett J.; Schmidt, Matthew M.; Edelen-Smith, Patricia J.; Cook, Bryan G. – Exceptional Children, 2013
A tension exists between educational practitioners and researchers, which is often attributed to their dichotomous and oftentimes polarizing professional ideologies or Discourse communities. When determining what works in education, researchers tend to emphasize evidencebased practices (EBPs) supported by research that is rigorous and internally…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Educational Research, Educational Researchers
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Houchins, David E.; Shippen, Margaret E. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2012
The aim of this issue is to provide readers with a better understanding of the inexplicable connection between school, community, and incarceration, and how better prepared professionals can make a difference in the lives of youth in the school-to-prison pipeline (STPP). This issue provides readers with an awareness of the current status of the…
Descriptors: Special Education, Civil Rights, Normalization (Disabilities), Juvenile Justice
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Before awarding waivers from core tenets of the No Child Left Behind Act to 11 states, the U.S. Department of Education ordered changes to address a significant weakness in most states' proposals: how they would hold schools accountable for groups of students deemed academically at risk, particularly those in special education or learning English.…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement, Accountability
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Brigham, Frederick J.; Berkeley, Sheri; Walker, Erin – Exceptionality, 2012
Assessment of students with disabilities is a critical component of special education. In addition to the complexity of assessment (e.g., high-stakes assessments, progress monitoring, diagnosis), the issue is complicated further by the use of acronyms. This can make both explaining and understanding important information related to students very…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Disabilities, School Personnel
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Valenzuela, Angela; Garcia, Emmanuel; Romo, Harriett; Perez, Beatrix – Journal of the Association of Mexican American Educators, 2012
The problem of low academic attainment for Latino/a students may be a result of the situation at the K-12 levels, a situation that is beyond the control of students or their families (Martinez, 2003). Analyses of school success must take into account the social and political hierarchies in schools, school systems, and communities, as well as the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Opportunities, Caring
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Miller, Brigdet – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2012
Federal legislation supports instruction of content areas for all individuals, yet professionals in the field of special education are left trying to find the relevant functional outcomes for science and other content instruction for students with disabilities enrolled in a functional curriculum. Research on effective instruction for students with…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Mental Retardation, Science Curriculum
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