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    Addressing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Overrepresentation in Special Education: Guidelines for Parents

    1/24/09 - Alfredo Artiles, Beth Harry, Equity Alliance at ASU

    Do bias or inappropriate practice play a role in the placement of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education? Is the representation of low-income students in special education programs larger than their representation in the school population at your child’s school? If the answers to these questions are yes, it is possible your child’s school may be facing a problem that is called “overrepresentation” in its special education programs. This paper is one of...

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    Distinguishing Difference from Disability: The Common Causes of Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education

    1/27/10 - Fergus, Edward

    This Equity In Action is intended to provide educators and researchers with the most comprehensive, praxis-oriented information on identifying and reducing disproportionality in schools. Over the course of developing and piloting a data-driven process (2004-2010) for identifying root causes, we’ve gained insight into not only the root causes but also the driving forces (internal and external to district) of these root causes. Our data driven root cause process focused on examining various...

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    A summary of research on the effects of test accommodations: 2002 through 2004

    1/3/09 - Johnstone, C., Altman, J., Thurlow, M., Thompson, S. J.

    The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires the reporting of participation in assessments overall and by subgroup, including students with disabilities. As states and school districts strive to meet the goals for adequate yearly progress required by NCLB, the use of individual accommodations continues to be scrutinized for effectiveness, threats to test validity, and score comparability. This report summarizes 49 empirical research studies completed on test accommodations between...

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    Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, Prevalence, and Services for Children and Families

    1/5/10 - Catherine Lord, Somer L. Bishop

    "Recent prevalence rates for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are now estimated at about 1 in 110 children in the U.S. Increases in public awareness and research funding in response to the growing numbers of children and adults with this disorder have led to numerous important scientific advances over the last several years. Nevertheless, because ASD remains a diagnosis that is defined completely on the basis of behavior, diagnostic assessment is both complex and expensive. Appropriate...

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    Back to School: Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

    1/1/10 - Wernsing, K.

    A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

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    Desired Family Outcomes of the Early Childhood Transition Process

    1/19/09 - Gloria Harbin, Beth Rous, Nancy Peeler, Joneen Schuster, Katherine McCormick

    "Transitions are often watershed events that present challenges for all young children and their families. However transitions from one environment or program to another are often particularly stressful and frustrating for families of young children with disabilities...Perhaps one reason for continued problems in the area of transition is the absence of aligning evidence-based practice with a set of clearly defined outcomes of transition. This requires a more systematic understanding of the...

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    Developmental Delay

    1/18/09 - National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities,

    Think of all the skills that children have to learn when they come into the world: smiling, turning over, responding to people, communicating, eating solid food, crawling, standing, and on and on. We expect these skills to emerge naturally over time and know more or less when they should. At 3 months, Susana will probably be doing this, at 4 months, she’ll be doing that. By a year, well, she’ll be tottering around, getting into everything. This time-table for skills to emerge is commonly...

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    Diploma options for students with disabilities: Synthesis of the NCEO document

    1/5/09 - Berdette, P

    The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has conducted four studies of state graduation requirements for students with disabilities. This document synthesizes findings reported in NCEO’s most recent 2007 study, Revisiting Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities: A National Study, and the comparisons they made to findings from 2002.1 The purpose of the NCEO national study was to describe current variations across states in high school exit exam...

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    Early Childhood Mental Health Services: Four State Case Studies

    1/26/10 - Kimberly Moherek Sopko

    "This in-depth policy analysis provides a background of the early childhood mental health (ECMH) focus of many organizations and legal elements of why it is essential that children with disabilities be included in a comprehensive mental health system. Findings from interviews with four state early childhood staff (i.e., the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B section 619 and Part C staff) were conducted around select components of mental health: Connecticut – consultation...

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    Final report: How district-wide systems change impacted LRE for students with severe disabilities

    1/23/10 - Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Sullivan, Amanda L., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "This final report chronicles the outcomes of the second generation National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI), Award Number # H326B020002. Built on the previous five years of innovative work from 1997-2002 (a $5 million award), NIUSI’s second round of funding ($3.5 million) produced important results that offer a district-wide blueprint for the design and delivery of least restrictive environments and access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities...

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    Guide to working with deaf and hard of hearing students

    1/14/09 - Western Region Outreach Center & Consortia at the National Center on Deafness,

    A pocket sized handbook for professors, high school teachers and vocational teachers new to interacting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Topics include a general understanding of deafness, classroom accomodations, and communication tips.

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    Including children with disabilities in state pre-k programs

    1/31/10 - Education Law Center,

    "States and local school districts are required by federal law to educate preschool age children with disabilities in typical early childhood programs alongside children who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate. This policy brief provides an overview of the law and sets forth a list of policy recommendations that can help ensure that children with disabilities receive an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. It is intended to serve as a...

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    Parents' Experiences with the IEP Process: Considerations for Improving Practice

    1/5/10 - John W. Reiman, Laura Beck,, Teresa Coppola, Anita Engiles

    "This publication reviews literature exploring findings from 10 studies published after 2004 that focus on the experiences and perceptions of parents or other caregivers related to the IEP process. The review also highlights recommendations from this body of literature for improving the experiences of parents and encouraging their participation in IEP meetings."

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    Patterns in the identification of and outcomes for children and youth with disabilities

    1/19/10 - Jose Blackorby , Ellen Schiller , Sangeeta Mallik , Kathleen Hebbeler , Tracy Huang , Harold Javitz , Camille Marder , Katherine Nagle , Debra Shaver , Mary Wagner , Cyndi Williamson

    "This study utilizes existing data collected by the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to provide a national description of identification patterns across time and comparisons of the outcomes for children and youth with disabilities with outcomes of samples including their nondisabled peers. The study found that, across age groups, there was an increase from 1997 to 2005 in the percentages of children either newly identified or continuing to receive early intervention...

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    Reading, Mathematics, and Science Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners with Disabilities: Insights from Educators Nationwide

    1/28/11 - Barrera, M., Shyyan, V., Liu, K. K., & Thurlow, M. L.

    This study focused on the instructional strategies employed at the middle and junior high school level. Teaching and learning at the middle school level have been found particularly challenging, perhaps because the curriculum places greater cognitive demands on emerging adolescents at a developmental stage when students, especially those who have already been struggling, can be at higher risk for academic failure (Mikow-Porto, Humphries, Egelson, O’Connell, & Teague, 2004). ELLs with...

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    Revocation of parental consent: State approaches

    1/2/10 - Eve Müller

    "The purpose of the present document is to determine whether revocation of parental consent is currently posing a challenge for states and to describe how states are responding to this new provision. Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) completed this document as part of its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). "

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