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Christensen, Laurene L.; Rogers, Christopher M. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
In this brave new world of education that has so much technology in it, there are many questions educational leaders must consider: (1) How can educational leaders keep up with the changes in technologies with educational applications? (2) How can technologies be used to level the playing field for students with disabilities, English language…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Technology Uses in Education, Technological Advancement
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Liu, Kristin; Barrera, Manuel – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities are a growing part of the K-12 school population and will be included in the next generation of accountability assessments, just as they are now included in state assessments. These learners have some unique characteristics and may demonstrate their knowledge and skills in particular ways because…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Disabilities, Second Language Learning
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Thurlow, Martha L.; Quenemoen, Rachel F.; Albus, Debra – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
The requirement that individualized education program (IEP) teams make decisions about the participation of students with disabilities in general or alternate state- and district-wide assessments is nearly two decades old. The decisions that must be made have become more complicated with the addition, in some states, of alternate assessments based…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Alternative Assessment, Decision Making
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Drang, Debra; McLaughlin, Margaret J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
When the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (now known as the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act [IDEA]) was initially passed in 1975, it indicated that districts were required to provide children in private schools with access to special education and related services, but it was unclear whether they were entitled to…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Disabilities, School Districts, Special Education
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Seese, Laura M.; Madaus, Joseph W.; Bray, Melissa A.; Kehle, Thomas J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
Section 504 is a civil rights statute mandating that persons with disabilities have equal access to all programs receiving federal financial assistance. Many initially interpreted Section 504 as a prohibition against employment discrimination in the schools because the overall act was concerned primarily with discrimination in employment settings.…
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Federal Regulation, Benchmarking, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Avoke, Selete Kofi; Simon-Burroughs, Marlene – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
Youth with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds are at high risk for a number of negative postschool outcomes including high unemployment, low wages, and limited access to postsecondary education and training. Cultural and linguistic differences may negatively impact transition planning for these youth as they…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, School Districts, Developmental Studies Programs, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Johnstone, Christopher J.; Anderson, Michael E.; Thompson, Sandra J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities are an emerging population in the U.S. and therefore command special attention in assessment systems. Research has demonstrated that "universal design of assessment" approaches are effective in helping to make assessments more accessible for ELLs with disabilities. Special education…
Descriptors: Disabilities, English (Second Language), Educational Change, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Liu, Kristin K.; Albus, Deb; Thurlow, Martha – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
IDEA and NCLB support the case for including English language learners with disabilities in standards-based reform and school accountability efforts. Few states make statewide data on the participation and performance of English language learners with disabilities publicly available. Therefore, district assessment data on English language learners…
Descriptors: Accountability, Limited English Speaking, Performance Based Assessment, Student Participation
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Barrera, Manuel; Liu, Kristin K. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
In today's educational climate of increased accountability for learning, parent involvement in the education of children is a topic that permeates educational discussions. Schools urge parents to support their child's learning at home by assisting with homework and reading every night, to participate in school committees, and to volunteer in…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Instructional Development, Parent Participation, Second Language Learning
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Byrnes, MaryAnn – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2004
This study examined the experiences of administrators of Massachusetts out-of-district special education schools two years after they began aligning their curriculum with state standards. The majority of administrators described faculty as "Somewhat Familiar" with state frameworks, and their curriculum as "Partially Aligned."…
Descriptors: State Standards, Disabilities, Special Education, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Faust, John – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2004
Recent legislation from IDEA 1997 to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act--Revised of 2002 (No Child Left Behind) and the pending reauthorization of the IDEA--present challenges for administrators of special education programs and building-level administrators that oversee educational programs for all students on a daily basis. This article…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Special Education
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Livovich, Michael – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2004
There has been a continuing drama over the unanswered question of whether students with disabilities deserve a high school diploma. Currently, a student is awarded a high school diploma if he or she meets local standards and if he or she passes the state's competency test of if his or her passage of the Indiana Standardized Test of Educational…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Standardized Tests, Policy Analysis, Politics of Education
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Thurlow, Martha L.; Liu, Kristin K. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2001
The situation of students with disabilities who also have limited English proficiency is addressed, including the identification of these students and a discussion of why it is important for them to participate in state and district assessments. Steps are recommended to ensure that these students are included so that they reap all the benefits of…
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Accountability, Alternative Assessment, Disabilities