March 23, 2007

In this Issue:

1. Grant Notices from the U.S. Department of Education

Source: OSERS - March 23, 2007

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has recently published the following grant notices in the Federal Register:

2. OSEP Letters of Clarification on the Final Regulations of IDEA 2004

Source: OSEP - March 15, 2007

The Director of the Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently released copies of four new letters of clarification responding to questions about the final regulations of IDEA 2004. These letters are now available on the NECTAC Web site at http://www.nectac.org/idea/clarfctnltrs.asp. They clarify issues regarding:

  • The right to request an expedited due process hearing; placement during appeals.
  • Parental consent requirements for accessing public benefits or insurance.
  • When a speech/language impairment adversely affects educational performance; making up missed sessions; the continuum of service delivery options.
  • The identification of children with specific learning disabilities - severe discrepancy, RTI, and other models.

3. FPG Snapshot: Relationship of English-Only to Young Childrenís Social and Language Skills

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - March 22, 2007

According to a new research study from the FPG Child Development Institute, Spanish-speaking preschoolers have better social skills and are better adjusted in class when their teachers speak at least some Spanish, compared to children whose teachers speak only English. This finding contradicts conventional wisdom that English-only pre-kindergarten classrooms help close achievement gaps among children from different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. To download a summary of the study go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap41.pdf

4. Words and Concepts - New Early Childhood Intervention Report from the What Works Clearinghouse

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - March 21, 2007

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has released a new early childhood intervention report, Words and Concepts. Words and Concepts is a computer software program that focuses on building oral language skills related to vocabulary, comprehension, word relationships, and other concepts. It was found to have no discernible effects on oral language. To access this and other early childhood intervention reports go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/early_ed/words/index.asp

5. Materials from National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education Now Available

Source: CADRE - March 21, 2007

On December 7-9, 2006, the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) convened "On the Road to Agreement ~ IDEA 04 & More: the Fourth National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education." Presentation materials and other resources from the event are now available online at http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/conf2006/resources.cfm