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Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 29, 2010
On Nov. 29, 1975, the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), guaranteed access to a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment to every child with a disability. To view an online video looking back at what conditions were like before IDEA, and how its passage has changed the educational landscape for students with disabilities today, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUn6luZQaXE.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - November 29, 2010
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), recently launched a National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), which will gather data on the current utilization and availability of early child care and education and the extent to which families' needs and preferences coordinate with providers' offering and constraints. The survey will be carried out by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Additional information is available online at http://www.norc.org/Research/Projects/Pages/national-survey-of-early-care-and-education.aspx
Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - December 2, 2010
The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released a new CELLvideo: Everyday Literacy Activities - Pathways to Literacy. This video illustrates how literacy learning opportunities can be found in everyday places and in everyday routines and activities. It is available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pathways_to_literacy.php. CELL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.
Source: Project Forum - November 29, 2010
Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) recently published a report entitled State Longitudinal Data Systems for Tracking Outcomes for Students with Disabilities through Postsecondary Activities (November 2010), by Eve Muller. President Obama's administration has made the development of longitudinal data systems that are able to track individual students from prekindergarten through their postsecondary activities a key component of education reform. This brief describes the number and status of states that are at varying levels of development and implementation of these data systems, how they are tracking the progress of students with disabilities, and the barriers and benefits to this development. It is available online at http://projectforum.org/docs/StateLongitudinalDataSystemsforTrackingOutcomesforSwDthroughPostsecondaryActivities-final.pdf