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From the ECS State Policy Database: Special Education - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Special Education--Federal Law/Regulations - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Special Education--Placement - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

State Responses to the Increasing Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders PDF - Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are the fastest growing developmental disorders. In recognizing the increasing needs of children affected by ASDs as well as the associated financial implications for local governments, some states have begun re-assessing their current systems of support and looking for better and more efficient ways to serve individuals with ASD and their families. This ECS StateNote presents examples of initiatives states have taken to better serve this growing population. (Emily Workman, ECS, November 2011)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Special Education--Inclusion (Mainstreaming) - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Trends in Impartial Hearings under the IDEA: A Follow-Up Analysis - This article extends Zirkel's state-by-state analysis, "Longitudinal Trends in Impartial Hearings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)," by ascertaining changes from the prior 16-year period for adjudications on an overall and per capita basis and by examining the differences for the most recent period between the overall and per capita figures for filings and adjudications. Do not disseminate without permission of Perry Zirkel. (Perry Zirkel, West's Education Law Reporter, 2014)...

States Grapple with Autism's Rising Tide PDF - Autism Spectrum Disorders are the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. As states have struggled to respond to the phenomenon, they have formed task forces, created pilot programs and launched resource and support services. This report highlights some of what states are doing to address the issue. (Carol Kreck, ECS, February 2014)...

Thirtyfirst Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Parts B and C. 2009 - An annual report on the progress made toward the provision of a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities and the provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. Also provides information on progress: in assuring the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected, assisting states and localities in providing for the education of all children with disabilities, and in assessing the effectiveness of efforts to educate children with disabilities. (U.S. Department of Education, 2012)...

The Inclusion of Students With Disabilities in School Accountability Systems - The goal of this study is to provide policy-relevant information about the education of students with disabilities (SWDs). The link directs you to an interim study report that presents descriptive information on school-level accountability, AYP performance, and school improvement status of schools accountable for SWD subgroup performance under Title I of the ESEA, as well as schools not accountable for SWD subgroup performance. (Institute of Education Sciences, May 2012)...

Diploma Options, Graduation Requirements, and Exit Exams for Youth with Disabilities: 2011 National Study - Trends and consequences of changes in diploma options for youth with disabilities were examined. Authors found that policies were being modified on a regular basis, graduation requirements tend to be increasing in rigor, and more youth with disabilities are taking high-stakes exit exams, but with accommodations. Recommendations include clarifying the implications of developing and granting alternative diploma options. (David R. Johnson, Martha L. Thurlow and Matthew J. Schuelka, National Center on Educational Outcomes, April 2012)...

State Tracking to Measure Student Progress Toward IEP Goals - States have instituted policies and practices to ensure that IEP teams provide for the measurement of student progress toward annual goals. The purpose of this document is to describe state approaches to ensuring that this is taking place. (Paula Burdette, Project Forum/National Association of State Directors of Special Education, February 2009)...

State of Illinois – Assistive Technology Resource Manual - This Web manual is designed to help school districts in Illinois meet the assistive technology needs of its students with disabilities. The manual explores the laws and issues of assistive technology. It also provides evaluation materials, inclusion strategies and best practice models in Illinois schools....


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