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State Funding Programs for High-Cost Special Education Students MS Word PDF - In this country, approximately six million public school students receive special education services. Of these six million students, approximately 300,000 could be defined as "high need" or "high cost" students. This ECS StateNote presents the results of a survey of 12 states' high-cost special education policies to determine how each state defines special education students as being "high-cost" and what, if any, additional funding is provided to districts to address their funding need. (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, May 2008)...

State Special Education Definitions, Ages Served MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote provides information on how each state defines who is eligible to receive special education and related services. (Justin Bathon, Education Commission of the States, June 2004)...

Discipline of Special Education Students MS Word - This chart provides a summary of state legislation or regulations allowing for the expulsion of special education students. (Michael Griffith and Kirstin Craciun, Education Commission of the States, September 2003)...

Teacher-Related Issues in Special Education MS Word - State policies concerning special education teachers have come to the forefront with the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1997. Issue areas that have been addressed recently include teacher recruitment and retention, teacher training, professional development and training teachers to deal with visual or hearing-impaired students. This ECS StateNote looks at how states are addressing these issue areas. (Education Commission of the States, September 2000)...

The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS): Current State Implementation - As a requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, states must comply with the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). This report examines how states are responding to the NIMAS requirements. (Eve Muller and Paula Burdette, Project Forum, August 2007)...

Highly Qualified Teachers and Special Education: Several State Approaches - This paper: (1) briefly describe the requirements for highly qualified teachers (HQT) as established in NCLB and IDEA; (2) identify how states are supporting special education teachers to meet these requirements; and (3) offers policy recommendations generated by the National Center for Special Education Personnel and Related Service Providers and the Center for Improving Teacher Quality at the Council of Chief State School Officers. (Eve Muller and Paula Burdette, Project Forum, April 2007)...

Formative Evaluation of Ohio's Autism Scholarship Program - Autism is the third most common developmental disability in the United States, and Ohio has seen a 1,000% increase in the number of students with autism over the six years leading up to the 2003-04 school year. This report evaluates Ohio’s pilot Autism Scholarship Program, designed to give parents of autistic children the option of seeking alternative special education services for their children, rather than those offered by their school district. Services are provided through private providers, nonpublic schools or public schools in which parents would normally be required to pay for services. The report finds that 5% of Ohio's autistic children have been approved for participation, discusses school district concerns regarding changes to the program and issues recommendations for future action. (Legislative Office of Education Oversight, May 2005)...

Monitoring the Implementation of IDEA Proceedings of the 2002 National Monitoring Conference - How are state education agencies complying with Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act? The 2002 National Monitoring Conference showcased effective practices of state monitoring of local programs. Other highlights included: state accountability for results; data management approaches and uses; and state collaborative, focused and integrated monitoring. (Jennifer Tschantz, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, February 2003)...

A National Study on Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities - This paper examines the results of a national study on the current status of state graduation policies and diploma options for youth with disabilities. The authors found that of those states that responded, 34 offered multiple diploma options to high school graduates with disabilities, and 27 states required youth with disabilities to pass a state exit exam to receive a high school diploma. (David R. Johnson and Martha L. Thurlow, National Center on Educational Outcomes, October 2003)...

State Special Education Forms - Excessive paperwork is cited by many as a problem in special education. Project FORUM set out to gather information about the role of state education agencies in the documentation of special education procedures so this initial data can inform discussions for local and state problem solving and for the upcoming reauthorization of IDEA. (Eileen M. Ahearn, Quick Turn Around, Project FORUM, September 2002)...

Congressional Testimony, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Oversight PDF - In testimony to the Committee on Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, New York State Education Department Deputy Commissioner Lawrence C. Gloeckler examined the progress of special education efforts and initiatives in the state since a reform agenda was adopted in 1995. Far more students with disabilities are being educated with their nondisabled peers, and these students show much better results on state assessments than those students who are placed in special classes all day. Gloeckler offers recommendations for continued progress. (Federal Document Clearing House, June 6, 2002)...

2001 State Special Education Outcomes -- A Report on State Activities at the Beginning of a New Decade - This document reports on the findings of the 2001 national survey of state directors of special education. Findings are presented on state and district assessment participation and performance, accommodations, alternate assessment, reporting and accountability systems. The report also highlights several related topics, including state activities in assessment of students with disabilities who are limited English proficient and how states are addressing standards on Individual Education Plans. Available from NCEO for $15. (NCEO, July 2001)...


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