Teaching & Learning

Senate Plan Retains Testing Cap For Students With Disabilities

A bipartisan plan to reshape the nation’s primary education law would maintain strict limits on the number of students with disabilities taking less rigorous tests.

Graduation Rates Inch Up For Students With Disabilities

An increasing number of students with disabilities are graduating high school, federal officials say, though they still receive diplomas at far lower rates than other students.

Schools Favor Inclusion When Forced To Report Academic Progress

As Congress debates the role of testing, a new report finds that schools with the greatest accountability for students with disabilities are most likely to promote inclusion.

Questions Surround Vouchers For Students With Disabilities

More than a dozen states offer vouchers allowing students to use public dollars to attend private schools, but it’s a tossup whether such flexibility is a win for those with disabilities.

Disability Advocates Sharply Critical Of Plan To Ease Testing

As Congress looks to reauthorize the nation’s primary education law, advocates are blasting proposed changes they say would lead to lower expectations for students with disabilities.

Autism Surge Creating Special Education Teacher Shortages

Schools have long had trouble finding special education teachers, but administrators say the task is becoming increasingly difficult as more children are diagnosed with autism.

School Districts Stressed By Lack Of Trained Specialists

A shortage of psychologists and other highly trained specialists is driving some school districts to new extremes when it comes to hiring special education staff.

Outrage After Special Education Students Forced To Sort Trash

A school district is apologizing for having students in special education dig through trash for recyclables to earn money as part of a functional skills program.

Plan For Special Education Substitutes Draws Concerns

With too few teachers on staff as the school year kicks off, one school district may rely on long-term substitutes for many special education classes.

Inclusive Classrooms Provide Language Boost, Study Finds

For young children with disabilities, the key to mastering language may be surrounding them with their typically-developing peers, researchers say.

Disability An ‘Advantage’ For Valedictorian On The Spectrum

Defying the odds, a teen with autism who was once in a self-contained classroom and relied on a one-to-one aide is graduating high school as his class valedictorian.

Technology Gaining Foothold In Special Education

Special education programs are increasingly relying on tablets, apps and other technology to help students with disabilities despite scant research to support the practice.

Impromptu School Transfers Halted Under Agreement

A federal judge signed off this week on a settlement that formally ends a school district policy of transferring kids with autism from school to school with no warning to their families.

School District Defends Teacher In Toilet Brush Incident

A special education teacher who gave her students a toilet brush and cleanser as a graduation gift is not facing discipline despite calls from at least one parent that she be fired.

Study Finds Reading Possible Despite Low IQ

For students with intellectual disability, functional skills are often prioritized over academics, but a new study finds that children with low IQ are capable of learning to read.

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