June 20, 2003

In this Issue:

1. An Evaluation of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - Notice of Solicitation

Source: FBO DAILY ISSUE - June 7, 2003

The Request for Proposals for "An evaluation of states' monitoring and improvement practices under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ED-03-R-0013" is now available online at: http://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2003/06-June/07-Jun-2003/FBO-00340658.htm

2. KIDS COUNT 2003 Data Book Available

Source: MCH Alert - June 20, 2003

KIDS COUNT 2003 Data Book Online presents data from an annual analysis of 10 key measures of child well-being in America. Produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Web site features an online database that allows users to generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles, as well as to download the entire KIDS COUNT data set as delimited text files. Supplemental data on education, health, and economic conditions for each state are also included.

[Originally published in MCHAlert 2003 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]

3. The Condition of Education 2003

Source: www.nces.ed.gov/ - June 2002

The Condition of Education summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report, which is required by law, is an indicator report intended for a general audience of readers who are interested in education. The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education for which accurate data are available. The 2003 print edition includes 44 indicators in six main areas: (1) enrollment trends and student characteristics at all levels of the education system from elementary education to adult learning; (2) student achievement and the longer term, enduring effects of education; (3) student effort and rates of progress through the educational system among different population groups; (4) the contexts of elementary and secondary education in terms of courses taken, teacher characteristics, and other factors; (5) the contexts of postsecondary education; and (6) societal support for learning, including parental and community support for learning, and public and private financial support of education at all levels. This edition also includes a special analysis on the reading achievement and classroom experiences of kindergarteners and 1st graders. To access the full report go to: http://www.nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2003067

4. Special Education: Clearer Guidance Would Enhance Implementation of Federal Disciplinary Provisions

Source: Today's GAO Reports - June 20, 2003

The General Accounting Office (GAO) today released the following report: Special Education: Clearer Guidance Would Enhance Implementation of Federal Disciplinary Provisions. GAO-03-550. Highlights are available at: http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d03550high.pdf . The full report is available at: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03550.pdf

5. New, Simpler way to Order ED Pubs Online

Source: IDEANews - June 2003

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has launched ED Pubs, a new, online publication-ordering system. This system will help you identify and order ED products quickly and easily online. The ED Pubs Web site now features:

  • A state-of-the art search engine;
  • Access to real-time inventory updates and availability;
  • One-click access to online versions of most products;
  • Flexibility to order multiple titles and up to the maximum limit of each product; and
  • Ability to set up and customize your profile, allowing access to order history and status.

For more information visit the ED Pubs Web site at http://edpubs.ed.gov/webstore/Content/search.asp, call toll-free 877-433-7827 or TTY 877-576-7734, or e-mail customerservice@edpubs.org.