How One School District Manages Drastic Growth in Special Populations Each Year
Not far from Houston, Texas, Alvin Independent School District is a rapidly growing organization with enrollment increasing by well over 1,000 students annually. New schools are planned and built every year to keep up with projected expansion.
Podcast: Special Education Software Companies as District Partners
Does the road to choosing successful ed-tech seem bumpier for special education programs than it does for other areas of K-12? If yes, is that only because of state compliance regulations? Or is it something else?Continue Reading
Infographic: An Equity Roadmap for Special Ed Classification
In the report series Crossing the Line, published by the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, we’ve been exploring special education classifications. In Part 1 of the series, we looked at educator perceptions versus reality in regards to the appropriateness of classifications.
Podcast: Deep Dive into the Special Education Teacher Shortage
Special education in the U.S. is experiencing a severe teacher shortage. It’s serious enough that some districts and schools are looking outside of the U.S. to recruit specialized teacher candidates.Continue Reading
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Report: Special Education Classification Rates Across U.S.
By 2014-15 the number of children served under IDEA was 6.6 million or 13% of total public school enrollment. When looking at this data, districts, schools and educators must consider equity in education and the appropriateness of the classification of special needs students in and across states.Continue Reading
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Are We Still Providing FAPE?
Following the March 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on special education, what does FAPE actually mean for the over 6.6 million students currently receiving special education in U.S. public schools? How should a student’s needs be met and tracked? Is FAPE different for a student with behavioral difficulties that impact learning and participation?Continue Reading
10 Tips for Present Levels of Performance that Strengthen IEPs
A well-constructed Present Levels of Performance Statement sets the stage for determining goals, specially designed instruction and services for each student. It also provides next year’s teacher with the great instructionally relevant information they need to hit the ground running and maximize benefit to the student.Continue Reading
Survey Results: Reflecting on Special Education in 2016-17
The 2016-17 school year was a busy and important year for special education in the U.S.. To get a better sense of common challenges and goals for the 2016-17 school year — with an eye to what can be learned to prepare for next year — we conducted a survey of K-12 education leadership, special education teachers, compliance officers and more from around the country. Once we had a list of pain points and aspirations, patterns started to form.Continue Reading
Teacher Collaboration Between General and Special Education: Hopes and Fears for the Future
Teacher collaboration can have a direct effect on student outcomes. And meaningful collaboration between general and special education teachers is a pillar of supporting students with disabilities. But a recent survey of pre-service teacher candidates in both areas indicates that collaboration across these two very distinct areas continues to cause some concern.Continue Reading
The Hidden (Practical) Value in End-of-Year Special Education Data
What if you could use current special programs data to solve student coverage and caseload management issues, before they become problems — without working 80 hours a week?Continue Reading
Tell the Right Story: How Does the Student’s Disability Affect Involvement and Progress in the General Education Curriculum?
Present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP) must include a statement on “how the disability affects the child’s involvement and progress in the general education curriculum.” I think of this section as providing the rationale for all subsequent decisions on what special education, related services and supplemental aids and services the student requires. Pretty important!Continue Reading