May 20, 2005

In this Issue:

1. U. S. Department of Education's First Commissioner for Special Education Research

Source: ed.gov - May 18th, 2005

Edward J. Kame'enui, an international authority on learning problems and special education, has been named the nation's first commissioner for special education research. He will lead the National Center for Special Education Research, a newly established office within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)—the research, evaluation and statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Education. The center was established by Congress in the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)... To read the full press release go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2005/05/05182005.html

2. Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Evaluation of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IES]

Source: Federal Register: May 20, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 97)

Title: Evaluation of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

States' monitoring and improvement practices under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are vital to ensuring that students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education and that infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families receive early intervention services. The purpose of this study is to evaluate states' monitoring and related improvement practices under IDEA. This study will describe the nature and scope of monitoring as implemented by the 50 states and the District of Columbia for Parts B and C of IDEA, assess the effect of the quality of states' monitoring and related improvement practices on key outcomes of Parts B and C of IDEA, and identify and develop recommendations for potential best practices in monitoring and identify areas for ongoing technical assistance.

For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-2/052005c.html

3. Head Start: Further Development Could Allow Results of New Test to Be Used for Decision Making

Source: GAO.gov - May 17, 2005

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the following new report: Head Start: Further Development Could Allow Results of New Test to Be Used for Decision Making - GAO-05-343. In September 2003, the Head Start Bureau implemented the National Reporting System (NRS), the first nationwide skills test of over 400,000 4- and 5-year-old children. The NRS is intended to provide information on how well Head Start grantees are helping children progress. This report examines: what information the NRS is designed to provide; how the Head Start Bureau has responded to concerns raised by grantees and experts during the first year of implementation; and whether the NRS provides the Head Start Bureau with quality information.

Full report: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05343.pdf
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d05343high.pdf

4. Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Proposals, Fiscal Year 2006

Source: Pre-K Now - Retrieved May 19, 2005

Pre-K Now's latest report Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Proposals, Fiscal Year 2006 finds that support for pre-k among the nation's governors has nearly doubled. Available online at http://www.preknow.org/documents/LeadershipReport.pdf

5. Pre-K Students Expelled at More Than Three Times the Rate of K-12 Students

Source: Foundation for Child Development - May 17, 2005

Pre-K students are expelled at a rate more than three times that of children in grades K-12, according to a primary study by Yale Child Study Center researcher Walter S. Gilliam. The lowest rates of expulsion were reported by teachers who had an ongoing, regular relationship with a behavioral consultant. In classrooms where the teacher had no access to a behavioral consultant, students were expelled about twice as frequently. The study, "Pre-kindergartners Left Behind: Expulsion Rates in State Prekindergarten Systems," reports on expulsion rates by program setting (public school, Head Start, private providers), gender, and race/ethnicity. It also presents expulsion data from all 40 states that fund prekindergarten programs. To download the report go to http://fcd-us.org/resources/prekindergartners-left-behind-expulsion-rates-state-prekindergarten-programs

6. Spanish Language Version of Put Reading First Parent Brochure

Source: Partnership for Reading - Retrieved May 19, 2005

The Partnership for Reading announces its newest publication, La Lectura es lo Primero, the Spanish language version of the popular Put Reading First parent brochure.

Spanish version: http://www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/publications/pdf/PRF_espan_.pdfC
English version: http://www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/publications/Parent_br.pdf