What’s Ahead for Special Education?

Digital Promise

It also ensures that FAPE is tied to the academic standards for the grade in which the student is enrolled. The guidance emphasizes what’s called “standards-based IEPs,” which ensure that IEPs (individualized education plans) focus on how to help students access grade-level content tied to academic standards. It’s trying to get schools to move away from creating either very remedial IEPs or IEPs unrelated to academics.

We know how to provide good child care, we just don’t insist on it

The Hechinger Report

Oh, and be sure to arrange some art projects, outdoor exploration, and reading time since loosely organized activities like these help toddlers develop their self-expression, explore their worlds, and learn basic pre-academic skills. It’s not that we don’t know what better standards look like.

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Take Two: Clever’s Newest Effort to Help Teachers Try Before They Buy Edtech

Edsurge

And with one click, teachers can also conveniently make those resources available to students. When teachers use tools they find online, they can inadvertently run afoul of privacy and security guidelines. Third-party software can share student data in ways that violate district or state standards. For instance, a curriculum director may decide that one math program does not align with the district’s academic standards, while another one does.

EdTech 130

What’s New

techlearning

This K-12 ‘data switch’ uses proprietary and open standards to talk to a wide variety of data sources, and merges data into a single store to provide a unified view of educational data - such as achievement, attendance and students at risk - in real time.

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

The Hechinger Report

Since Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core in 2010, the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers has widened slightly – despite sweeping expectations the more rigorous standards would help eliminate disparities in academic performance.

16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

TeachThought - Learn better.

This short book offers 4 standards for prioritizing in your classroom: Rigor, Thought, Diversity, and Authenticity. It defines each, and offers a helpful rubrics to begin measuring how each standard does or does not function in your classroom.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards. Department of Education to release a series of guidelines for their education. We’ve always had a difficulty finding quality resources for ELLs,” said Uro.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Their disabilities shouldn’t keep them from achieving the same standards as their peers — and experts estimate that up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school fully prepared to tackle college or a career if they receive proper support along the way.