Category Archives: News

New IRIS Center Resource

The IRIS Center has posted a new resource designed to help faculty members embed IRIS materials into teacher licensure programs. “Curriculum Matrices” are charts that include components of undergraduate and graduate special education and blended programs and corresponding evidence-based resources … Continue reading

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New Reports on Dropout Prevention for Students with Disabilities

The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities has published two new publications: Decreasing Dropout Rates for Minority Male Youth with Disabilities from Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds and A Literature Map of Dropout Prevention Interventions for Students with … Continue reading

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Student Privacy Guidance Released

The U.S. Department of Education recently released guidance on effective practices for keeping parents and students informed of what student data is collected and how it is used. A new website is also available to help schools, districts, and families … Continue reading

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President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The Act includes provisions to increase competitive employment for individuals with disabilities, including youth.

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New Special Education Accountability System Announced

The U.S. Department of Education announced a new Results-Driven Accountability plan that will be used to measure the effectiveness of state special education programs. States will be evaluated both on procedural compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Education Seeks Input on Significant Disproportionality

The U.S. Department of Education is requesting input on action it should take to address significant disproportionality based on race or ethnicity in special education, specifically disproportionality in: identification of children with disabilities, placement in particular settings, and in type … Continue reading

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School Discipline Report Released

The Council of State Governments Justice Center recently released the School Discipline Consensus Report, a set of recommendations to improve school discipline policies. The report draws on research and experts’ practical experience to develop strategies to keep more students in … Continue reading

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Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Foster Care

The U.S. Department of Education released guidance and a new web page focused on the unique needs of foster care students. Read the press release>>>

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Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Releases New Guidance for Schools to Address Sexual Violence and Other Forms of Sex Discrimination

On April 29, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance for colleges, universities and public schools to address sexual violence and other forms of sex discrimination.  The new guidance describes the responsibilities of these … Continue reading

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Ensuring Equal Access to Schools

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released updated guidance to assist public schools ensure enrollment processes fulfill their obligation to provide all children equal access to an education, regardless of immigration status. Read the full … Continue reading

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