Saturday, August 14, 2010

New federal push for students with disabilities?

The Disability Scoop blog covered a speech by U.S. Education Secretary Duncan, and reported on two strategic pushes to fix historic failings in education for students with disabilities:

What’s more, Duncan highlighted department efforts to establish new assessment tools to measure academic progress among students with cognitive disabilities for whom traditional fill-in-the-bubble tests may not offer an accurate reflection of skills.
Duncan acknowledged that the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights “has not been as vigilant as it should have been in protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities” in the last decade. But he said his staff has opened nine compliance reviews related to special education since March and is working with school districts to help them better understand their obligations.
[Thanks to Melanie Tyner-Wilson for the link!]

1 comment:

  1. We have much work to do to meet the purposes of IDEA and NCLB for students with disabilities in KY. A good start would be an accurate reporting of how the IDEA ARRA stimulus money is being spent in each district in KY that is understandable and verifiable by ordinary citizens. You can read about or report the good, the bad, and the ugly at


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