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Feds pledge to focus more on quality of special education
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every year, the U.S. Department of Education spends lots of time and money visiting states to see how well they are complying with the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Those reviews haven't taken into account what or how much students with disabilities are actually learning. But they will soon, Education Department officials said. The department said it is revamping the way it rates states to better address the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their peers. More

Princeton group says it's hard to get children's dyslexia treated or even recognized
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The group of parents sitting in a Princeton, N.J., board room were part of a hard-luck fraternity even before they decided to start their new statewide advocacy group, Decoding Dyslexia. They had been meeting for years in local coffee shops to discuss how their children weren't reading anything by first grade, couldn't spell their names, couldn't remember sounds, couldn't match rhyming words, couldn't distinguish left from right, didn't have a dominant left or right hand, couldn't get their shoes on the correct feet let alone tie the laces — and they weren't getting support in their classrooms. More

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Recognizing a child's needs often requires following your heart
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According to the U.S. Department of Education, one in five people in our country have a learning disability. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates learning disabilities affect one in 10 school children. The cause is attributed to a neurological disorder that affects the way a child's brain responds to and processes information. Learning disabilities are often considered a "hidden handicap" because they can go unnoticed and without early intervention can grow in severity. In parents who noticed their children having difficulties, 44 percent wait up to a year before getting any help. Learning disabilities transcend ethnicity, gender and race and have increased 22 percent over the past 25 years. More

Civil rights data offers count of Section 504 students
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New data collected by the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights provides an idea of how many students in the nation's public schools have so-called 504 plans. Every few years, the agency gathers a huge collection of information from school districts about everything from which courses students are taking to how students who bully classmates are disciplined. Another conclusion: Students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive one or more out-of-school suspensions. More

125 Mississippi teachers receive dyslexia training
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Teachers in the Lamar County School District in Mississippi, who were trained under a dyslexia grant, are using their training to help all their students with reading and writing skills. The district has trained 125 teachers in grades kindergarten through third under the grant it received from the Mississippi Department of Education. More

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Confessions of a 'bad' teacher
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William Johnson writes, "I am a special education teacher. My students have learning disabilities ranging from autism and attention-deficit disorder to cerebral palsy and emotional disturbances. While my class sizes have grown, support staff members have been laid off. Students with increasingly severe disabilities are being pushed into more mainstream classrooms like mine, where they receive less individual attention and struggle to adapt to a curriculum driven by state-designed high-stakes tests. On top of all that, I'm a bad teacher. That's not my opinion; it's how I'm labeled by New York City's Education Department. Last June, my principal at the time rated my teaching 'unsatisfactory,' checking off a few boxes on an evaluation sheet that placed my career in limbo. That same year, my school received an 'A' rating. I was a bad teacher at a good school. It was pretty humiliating." More

At Clarksville Elementary in Maryland, movement brings calm, focus
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Jon Cayer's second-grade classroom at Clarksville Elementary School is, as he puts it, active. "They're very bright children, but they're very active," he said. That might be an understatement. Cayer matches his teaching style to the energy in the classroom — if students are sluggish, he amps up his own energy, and if they're hyper-active, he mellows out, he said. But a new program Cayer's using in class, one that's being used in other classrooms as well, offers extra help with getting students to focus. More

ADHD students get help from iPad app
The Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Memory on Demand is testing a new iPad app designed for ADHD adults and children. Focus GPS was created to help ADHD users improve executive functions of memory, concentration and organization. Focus GPS uses memory-by-association and multiple pair comparison tools to walk users through complex thought processes. The tools were designed to help users learn how to organize unrelated complex thoughts and better manage changing priorities and tasks, areas where people with ADHD typically struggle. More

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More students with disabilities heading to college
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Andrew Van Cleave thought about what he wanted to do after high school, this son of two university graduates came up with the same answer many his age come up with: Go to college. Until the past decade, though, college wasn't much of an option for students, including Van Cleave, who have significant intellectual impairments. This month, the 24-year-old, who has an intellectual disability and ADHD, became one of the first graduates of a two-year program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., designed for students with severe cognitive disabilities. He starts a job next month. More

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