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Walker, Virginia L. – Exceptionality, 2017
The purpose of this survey study was to assess the perceived skill level and educational needs of special education paraprofessionals in the area of function-based intervention and to identify paraprofessionals' preferred training delivery method(s) and any variables that affect paraprofessionals' preference for these methods. Special education…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Special Education, Online Surveys, Disabilities
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Ahlgrim-Delzell, Lynn; Rivera, Christopher – Exceptionality, 2015
Mandates such as No Child Left Behind (2001) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004) shifted the emphasis of instruction to include skills that access the general curriculum for students with moderate to severe intellectual disability. The purpose of this study was to describe changes in literacy instruction of teachers…
Descriptors: Severe Intellectual Disability, Moderate Intellectual Disability, Comparative Analysis, Literacy Education
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Gagnon, Joseph Calvin; Maccini, Paula; Mulcahy, Candace – Exceptionality, 2014
The current study focuses on results from a national survey of special education mathematics teachers in secondary psychiatric schools. A total of 115 (33.04%) respondents completed a mail or online survey concerning school-level mathematics curriculum and assessment policies and practices. No statistically significant differences existed between…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Special Education Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Special Schools
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Weiss, Margaret P.; Petrin, Robert A.; Farmer, Thomas W. – Exceptionality, 2014
Despite the importance of special educators in the current era of educational reform, there is no overarching portrait of special educators' roles, especially in rural schools where the provision of services is especially challenging. Using latent class analysis and data from a national sample of rural school districts, we identified four distinct…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Teacher Response, Rural Schools, Teacher Role
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Karvonen, Meagan; Wakeman, Shawnee; Flowers, Claudia; Moody, Shauna – Exceptionality, 2013
In the decade since alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) were first required, special education teachers have had to develop content knowledge and pedagogical skills to teach academics to students with significant cognitive disabilities. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact that teachers'…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Alternative Assessment, Academic Standards
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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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Jung, Eunju – Exceptionality, 2012
The U.S. Department of Education released regulations governing the development of alternate assessments for students with persistent learning problems who are eligible for Modified Academic Achievement Standards (MAAS) in 2007. To date, state regular assessments or alternate assessments based on Alternate Academic Achievement Standards have not…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Test Results, General Education, Eligibility
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Etscheidt, Susan; Curran, Christina M. – Exceptionality, 2010
The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams to base the selection of special education, related services, and supplementary aids and services on peer-reviewed research (PRR) to the extent practicable. This article examines the intended purpose of the PRR provision and…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Intention, Peer Evaluation, Federal Legislation
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Sugai, George; Horner, Robert H. – Exceptionality, 2009
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and No Child Left Behind emphasize the use of scientifically based research to improve outcomes for students. From this emphasis, response-to-intervention has evolved. We present one perspective on the defining features of response-to-intervention and application of those features to school-wide…
Descriptors: Intervention, Federal Legislation, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Modification
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Thurlow, Martha L.; Cormier, Damien C.; Vang, Miong – Exceptionality, 2009
States are working to improve their graduation rates, in part because of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) high school accountability requirements. This is taking place at the same time that 26 states have implemented exit examinations to determine, in part, whether a student has gained the knowledge and skills to earn a standard diploma and be prepared…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Exit Examinations, Accountability, High School Equivalency Programs
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Stichter, Janine P.; Randolph, Jena; Gage, Nicholas; Schmidt, Carla – Exceptionality, 2007
Social competency deficits are a core feature of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). During the past several decades, a number of social skill interventions for students with ASD have emerged. However, over the past five years, three converging issues have brought increased attention to the need for social competence programming: (1) increased ASD…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Autism, Interpersonal Competence, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Kauffman, James M.; Konold, Timothy R. – Exceptionality, 2007
One wrong assumption about reality is sufficient to ensure the failure of education policy. For a variety of reasons, too many people have ignored realities in policies such as the No Child Left Behind Act. Individuals who are serious about reforming or improving education, general or special, must confront realities in at least the following…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Opinions
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Lashley, Carl – Exceptionality, 2007
Current federal policies have changed leadership practices in schools and ushered in an era of public accountability for the educational performance of all students, including students who have disabilities. In this discussion, a former special education director reflects on changes in professional practice and comments on the administration of…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Leadership, Disabilities, Special Education
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Leone, Peter E.; Krezmien, Michael; Mason, Loretta; Meisel, Sheri M. – Exceptionality, 2005
The demographic and educational characteristics of incarcerated youth place them at extreme risk for school failure that begins well before their confinement in correctional facilities and is itself a significant risk factor for delinquent behavior. Because of their lack of literacy skills and evidence that educational attainment is a significant…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Skills, Risk