State systems for tracking outcomes for students with disabilities through postsecondary activities

President Obama’s administration has made the development of longitudinal data systems that are able to track individual students from preK through their postsecondary activities a key component of education reform. Findings from the survey describe the number and status of states that are at varying levels of development and implementation of these data systems and the barriers and benefits to this development. A Project Forum brief policy analysis.http://www.projectforum.org/ … [Read more...]

Data stewardship

This Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Technical Brief focuses on data stewardship, which involves each organization’s commitment to ensuring that privacy, confidentiality, security, and the appropriate use of data are respected when personally identifiable information is collected. Data stewardship involves all aspects of data collection, from planning, collection and maintenance to use and dissemination. A product of the National Center for … [Read more...]

Computer-based testing in large-scale assessments

Computer-based testing (CBT) has emerged as one of the recent “innovative” approaches to state and district-wide assessments and as an avenue toward greater accessibility for students with disabilities. This report explores the context of CBT, current state computer-based tests, and considerations for students with disabilities. NCEO Synthesis Report 78.http://www.cehd.umn.edu/NCEO/OnlinePubs/Synthesis78/default.htm … [Read more...]

Two guides for out-of-school-time program practitioners

Both are hot off the press from Child Trends.Assessing Self-Regulation in Children and YouthBeing able to suppress impulsive behavior and to adjust behavior as appropriate has been linked to positive outcomes for children and adolescents. This brief defines self-regulation and why it is important, provides three measures of self-regulation skills of children and teens, and includes tips for enhancing self-regulation skills in out-of-school time programs.http://www.childtrends.org/Files//Child_Trends-2010_10_05_RB_AssesSelfReg.pdfAssessing … [Read more...]

Moving to a New Location

When you have a child with a disability, moving to a new place will involve more than just packing up the house. Map out your strategy before you move. This is especially important regarding school and your child’s special education needs.http://www.nichcy.org/families-community/moving/ … [Read more...]

Teaching your child to become independent with daily routines

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has published a new Family Tool to help parents and caregivers understand what self-help skills can be expected from young children and to provide tips for helping children learn how to become more independent with daily routines.http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/documents/teaching_routines.pdf … [Read more...]

Planning for terrific transitions

This guide/training package focuses on the need to facilitate children’s transition to kindergarten. It’s designed to help transition-to-school teams improve their transition processes through more effective planning, implementation, and evaluation.The training package includes the trainer’s guide, a participant’s guide, a CD with all the transparencies needed, and a copy of all the handouts necessary for the training. http://www.serve.org/FileLibraryDetails.aspx?id=152 … [Read more...]

Expertise at Your Fingertips

by Lisa KüpperNational Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) There’s disability expertise at your fingertips—literally. You can access a goldmine of disability know-how, in fact, by typing this address into your web browser: http://www.tadnet.org/homeThe link will take you to the home page of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination network—the TA&D, for short. The TA&D is a network of more than 40 centers … [Read more...]

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