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Manaseri, Holly M.; Roberts, Kelly Drew; Takahashi, Kiriko – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
This is a paper focuses on two issues central to improving student achievement, the integration of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles into general education and the inclusion of this framework into the preparation program for school administrators. First, this paper details the need to examine curriculum, instruction and assessment in…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Achievement Gap, Transformational Leadership
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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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Shepherd, Katharine G.; Fowler, Susan; McCormick, Jazarae; Wilson, Cynthia L.; Morgan, Daniel – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2016
Over the years, a variety of political, social, and other contextual factors have contributed to the expansion of roles for PK-12 special educators, leading to a complex set of challenges and opportunities that must be addressed as the field of special education looks to the future. Today's special educators need to collaborate with general…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Teacher Educators, Teacher Role, Educational Policy
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Danforth, Scot – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
Over the past two decades, the percentage of American students with disabilities educated in general classrooms with their nondisabled peers has risen by approximately 50%. This gradual but steady policy shift has been driven by two distinct narratives of organisational change. The social justice narrative espouses principles of equality and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Disabilities, Inclusion, Educational Policy
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Tefera, Adai; Voulgarides, Catherine Kramarczuk – Teachers College Record, 2016
To understand the challenges associated with the enactment of educational policies that aim to improve equity and opportunity for students of color with disabilities, this chapter focuses on two separately conducted ethnographic studies. The first investigates district administrators' approaches to addressing racial disproportionality after the…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Equal Education
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Gordon, Lola – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2016
High-stakes testing has been a part of American education since its inception. The laws that govern the use of high-stakes tests include language that mandates the inclusion of students in special education. These laws play an influential role in the new large-scale assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The assessments…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Special Education, Common Core State Standards, Testing Accommodations
Hart, Ray; Casserly, Michael; Uzzell, Renata; Palacios, Moses; Corcoran, Amanda; Spurgeon, Liz – Council of the Great City Schools, 2015
There has been little data collected on how much testing actually goes on in America's schools and how the results are used. So in the Spring of 2014, the Council staff developed and launched a survey of assessment practices. This report presents the findings from that survey and subsequent Council analysis and review of the data. It also offers…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Student Evaluation, Testing Programs, Testing
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Collins, Kathleen M.; Green, Preston C., III; Nelson, Steven L.; Madahar, Santosh – Equity & Excellence in Education, 2015
This article takes up the question of equity, access, and cyber charter schools from the perspective of disability studies in education (DSE). DSE positions inclusion and educational access as social justice concerns. In doing so, we assert the importance of making visible the social justice implications of the current laws that impact cyber…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Disabilities, Virtual Classrooms, Electronic Classrooms
Haynes, Mariana – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
Noting that 60 percent of both fourth and eighth graders currently struggle with reading, this report urges the U.S. Congress to focus on students' literacy development from early childhood through grade twelve as it works to rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Literacy Education, Grade 4, Grade 8
Jennings, Jack – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The author draws on his extensive experience helping lead Congress's education efforts and later a highly respected education research concern to propose a new approach to federal education policy that expands and transforms the federal role. This new approach would significantly expand federal aid to schools that is not restricted to particular…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Public Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Jennings, Jack – Harvard Education Press, 2015
April 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the landmark legislation that has provided the foundation of federal education policy in the United States. In "Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools," longtime policy analyst Jack Jennings examines the evolution of federal education…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy
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Greer, Diana; Harvey, Danna; Burdette, Paula; Basham, James – Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 2015
While the provision of a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) has contributed significantly to the educational experiences of students with disabilities, little is known about how services are actually provided in an online learning setting. Thus, telephone and face-to-face interviews were conducted with state directors of special…
Descriptors: Special Education, Administrator Attitudes, Online Courses, Telephone Surveys
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Snyder, Thomas D.; Dillow, Sally A. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
The 2013 edition of the "Digest of Education Statistics" is the 49th in a series of publications initiated in 1962. The Digest has been issued annually except for combined editions for the years 1977-78, 1983-84, and 1985-86. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Dropouts, Educational Finance
Grant, Marquis C. – Online Submission, 2014
The decision handed down by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education was not only a legal victory for African Americans in the United States, but all groups who were forced into exclusionary environments. In the shadows of Brown, advocates began seeking reforms that would allow students with disabilities to receive their education…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, African Americans, Disabilities
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