What Works: Can We Say?

Resources updated, April 2013What works? What Works. We hear those words a lot these days, sometimes as a statement, sometimes as a question. Millions of dollars have been spent trying to determine what's effective in...you name it---teaching children, teaching children with disabilities, teaching math and every other subject in school, hiring teachers and keeping them, administering sound educational programs, keeping our children from dropping out … [Read more...]

Love (Need) Data? ED Data Express Is For You!

by Elaine Mulligan Project Director National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) What does the “achievement gap” look like from state to state? How are students with disabilities doing on state tests in Idaho versus Ohio? Find out using the ED Data Express! The U.S. Department of Education recently launched version 2.0 of its ED Data Express site, an interactive web site that allows users to examine state-level … [Read more...]

Without Data All We Have Are Assumptions: Revisiting the Meaning of a Free Appropriate Public Education

August 2012Read the article (PDF)About This ArticleThirty years ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down its first major decision interpreting the nation’s special education law, now commonly called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley, the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the IDEA requirement that schools provide a "free and appropriate public … [Read more...]

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