Decreasing Dropout Rates for Minority Male Youth with Disabilities from Culturally and Ethnically Diverse BackgroundsIn a time when graduation rates are showing notable improvement among students of color and students with disabilities, there are still great challenges that remain. The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities has published a monograph that explores the problem of high school dropout rates among American Indian, African American, and Latino males with disabilities and provide an in-depth look into the specific obstacles that impede this young population from graduating, while offering direction and articulating crucial changes that must be made to better serve these students. Click here to view the monograph: http://www.ndpc-sd.org/knowledge/EDC-2014-web-monograph.html
A Literature Map of Dropout Prevention Interventions for Students with DisabilitiesThis research synthesis represents the most up-to-date review of dropout interventions for students with disabilities. The authors conducted an extensive search of the literature to find articles that described school completion interventions that yielded positive outcomes for students with disabilities. Of 544 potential studies, 19 studies met the inclusion criteria: 3 experimental, 1 quasi-experimental, 5 qualitative, 5 mixed methods, 4 correlational, and 1 descriptive. The most commonly implemented interventions involved multiple components involving mentoring, family outreach, academic support, attendance monitoring, additional support services, and students' participation in school-related activities. Several studies also targeted students' specific disability-related needs, such as self-determination skills, social skills, and vocational skills. Overall, the interventions were aligned with recommendations made by the Institute of Education Sciences as effective interventions for general education students (Dynarski, et al., 2008 http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practice_guides/dp_pg_090308.pdf. Click here to view the synthesis: http://www.ndpc-sd.org/documents/wilkins-huckabee-lit-review.pdf
Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Section 664(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that the U.S. Department of Education report annually on the progress made toward the provision of a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities and the provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. On June 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released the following reports
- 32nd Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2010
- 33rd Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2011
- 34th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2012
- 35th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2013
Questions and Answers Regarding Inclusion of English Learners with Disabilities in English Language Proficiency Assessments.
This guidance document is on the inclusion of English Learners (ELs) with disabilities in English language proficiency (ELP) assessments under Titles I and III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). These are assessments designed to measure the progress of ELs in attaining English language proficiency. The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) administers the ESEA and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) administers Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). OESE and OSERS are issuing the guidance to help states and LEAs understand how Part B of the IDEA and Titles I and III of the ESEA address the inclusion of ELs with disabilities in annual state ELP assessments.
Community Eligibility Provision of School Lunch Program
OSEP Director Melody Musgrove provided information to chief state school officers regarding the opportunities under, and potential impact of, changes in the National School Lunch Program on the allocation of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funds to local education agencies. Specifically, this letter discusses the inclusion of the new universal meal option, the “Community Eligibility Provision” as a result of the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
- Dear Colleague Letter:
(July 8, 2014)
Handbook on Collaboration between Parent Centers and Protection and Advocacy Agencies
This handbook serves as a blueprint on collaboration between the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funded parent training and information centers (PTIs) and community parent resource centers (CPRCs) and the protection and advocacy (P&A) and client assistance (CAP) programs funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The handbook includes examples of memoranda of understanding (MOU) that projects can use to develop their own MOUs.
(July 8, 2014)
RDA Leadership Series for State Directors and Part C Coordinators
OSEP Director Melody Musgrove informed state directors of special education of several opportunities to learn more about the Result-Driven Accountability (RDA) initiative. These include the OSEP Project Directors' Conference starting July 21, 2014 (which will incorporate sessions on RDA on July 23 and 24), the Combined Federal Programs Meeting with Title I, Title III, and School Turnaround, and School Improvement Grants (SIG) programs on July 24, the Early Childhood Conference on September 8-10th, and several virtual opportunities related to RDA Phase I and Phase II during the Fall of 2014.
OSEP Meeting Opportunities:
(July 8, 2014)
New Accountability Framework Raises the Bar for State Special Education Programs
To improve the educational outcomes of America’s 6.5 million children and youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education today announced a major shift in the way it oversees the effectiveness of states’ special education programs.
Until now, the Department’s primary focus was to determine whether states were meeting procedural requirements such as timelines for evaluations, due process hearings and transitioning children into preschool services. While these compliance indicators remain important to children and families, under the new framework known as Results-Driven Accountability (RDA), the Department will also include educational results and outcomes for students with disabilities in making each state’s annual determination under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
“Every child, regardless of income, race, background, or disability can succeed if provided the opportunity to learn,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “We know that when students with disabilities are held to high expectations and have access to the general curriculum in the regular classroom, they excel. We must be honest about student performance, so that we can give all students the supports and services they need to succeed.”
For more information about today’s announcement, including graphs, state fact sheets and letters, click here.
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! promotes early developmental and behavioral screening for kids
The U.S. Departments of Education and of Health and Human Services have launched Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for children to support the families and providers who care for them. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will help families look for and celebrate milestones; promote universal screenings; identify delays as early as possible; and improve the support available to help children succeed in school and thrive alongside their peers.
Dear Colleague Letter on Bullying
OSERS issued a Dear Colleague letter to educators and stakeholders on the matter of bullying of students with disabilities. This guidance provides an overview of school districts’ responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities who are subject to bullying continue to receive free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
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(Aug. 20, 2013)