December 3, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Online Video - Celebrating 35 Years of IDEA
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 29, 2010
  2. National Survey of Early Care and Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - November 29, 2010
  3. New CELLvideo: Everyday Literacy Activities - Pathways to Literacy
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - December 2, 2010
  4. State Longitudinal Data Systems for Tracking Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
      Source: Project Forum - November 29, 2010

1. Online Video - Celebrating 35 Years of IDEA

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.

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2. National Survey of Early Care and Education

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

3. New CELLvideo: Everyday Literacy Activities - Pathways to Literacy

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.

4. State Longitudinal Data Systems for Tracking Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

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