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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?
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.
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
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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
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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
How to Create Strengths-based IEPs
If asked, special educators can describe their students’ strengths, as well as their needs. But when asked to self-assess IEPs they’ve written, they often find far more information about students’ weaknesses than strengths.Continue Reading
New Data Report: How Special Education Teachers Spend Their Work Day
It's not breaking news that the administrative side of working in special education can be overwhelming. Thanks to recent research, we can now quantify the approximate value of “overwhelming” – it amounts to several hours of each teacher’s time lost to paperwork — every week. That adds up fast.Continue Reading
Supreme Court Ruling on Special Education: What’s Next for Schools?
The question of whether or not our country needs a new standard for supporting special education students has now been answered by a unanimous and affirmative decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 0-8 decision, the Supreme Court sided in favor of expanding the rights for children with disabilities. But immediately following the court's ruling last month, a series of new questions — both from inside and outside of the education community — started to pop up in the news and on social media.Continue Reading
Special Education and the Teacher Shortage
An online search for “teacher shortage” will quickly return 435,000 results. Each day yields more headlines about school districts who struggle to hire enough teachers — more than half of school districts we surveyed in 2016 said they were experiencing a shortage.Continue Reading
eSped eSTAR & Frontline Special Education Management FAQs
Questions about the eSped eSTAR becoming a part of Frontline Education? You've come to the right place!Continue Reading