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Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

For the first time in 12 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a report that includes updated clinical recommendations on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The 71-page report provides updates on the increasing number of children with ASD, as well as expanded knowledge on risk factors, co-occurring medical and behavioral conditions, genetic contributions, and the body of research on evidence-based interventions.

This updated document aims to provide primary care providers with a summary of current information in a single report that will help guide them in providing a medical home for the patient with ASD. The document is searchable by topic and includes a glossary and a section on working with families. Read more about and access the report here.

GAO Report on IDEA Dispute Resolution Activities in Selected States

If parents and school districts disagree over special education services provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, either party has options to resolve the dispute, such as mediation or filing a due process complaint. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review parents’ use of IDEA dispute resolution options. GAO’s findings are detailed in its November 2019 report entitled Special Education: IDEA Dispute Resolution Activity in Selected States Varied Based on School Districts’ Characteristics (GAO-20-22).

The full report is 58 pages long. There is also a 1-page Highlights summary available. Read more about the study and access the report and/or the Highlights here.

Using Data to Make Parents Partners in School Improvement Efforts

ESSA requires states and districts to rate schools based on multiple data points (measures) that collectively comprise a state’s “accountability system.” What does it mean when a school is rated as “low performing”?

This short blog emphasizes the importance of parents being informed about and understanding the data measures used to rate schools, so that they can be partners in school improvement activities. The blog also connects you with a 2019 report, which takes a look at how many schools were identified as “struggling” based on ESSA’s requirements. Read the blog and access multiple related resources on school data, report cards, and the value of parent involvement.

Parents 2018: Going Beyond Good Grades

(2019, February) | Useful to Parent Centers, parents, and educators in their efforts to work together to better understand the academic achievement of students. Why do 9 out of 10 parents of children in grades K-8 believe their child is on grade level, despite the fact that teachers report less than a third of their […]

Quality Counts | Annual Report

(Published annually) | Useful to Parent Centers seeking data and perspectives on the current state of U.S. education and state efforts to improve public education. Quality Counts is Education Week’s annual report on state-level efforts to improve public education. Of late, the report has been issued in 3 installments across the year. The first installment of Quality […]

Is There Racial Inequality at Your School?

Based on civil rights data released by the U.S. Department of Education, ProPublica has built an interactive database to examine racial disparities in educational opportunities and school discipline. Using the database, you can look up more than 96,000 individual public and charter schools and 17,000 districts to see how they compare with their counterparts.

Read more about (and access) the database as well as get tips for searching for and connecting with school-specific information and district-wide profiles.

What’s Important to Native Youth?

This summary infographic presents the findings of the 2017 State of Native Youth Report: Our Identities as Civic Power, from the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY). It will support Parent Centers in: (1) working with youth with disabilities who are American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN); (2) understanding what Native youth have identified as the major issues facing young people in their community; (3) expanding outreach to and relationships with Native communities; and (4) adapting youth-oriented trainings to include Native voices that will resonate with AI/AN youth.

Disabling Punishment: The Need for Remedies to the Disparate Loss of Instruction Experienced by Black Students with Disabilities

This report provides the first state-by-state estimate of how much instructional time is lost for students with disabilities due to disciplinary actions such as school suspension. The study documents the disparities between black and white students with disabilities.

The difference in days of lost instruction means there are huge inequities in the opportunity to learn. The study was prompted the U.S. Department of Education’s decision in February 2018 to seek comments on its intention to delay implementation of the IDEA regulations that pertain to racial disproportionality in special education, which include disciplinary disparities. The report on the findings of the study includes recommendations. An executive summary is also available.

Read more about, and access, the report as well as the executive summary.

Compendium of Parenting Interventions

(2015, September) | Useful to the many early childhood stakeholders who serve young children and their families, including Parent Centers. Early care and education teachers and providers play a central role in partnering with families on their children’s learning and development. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has produced three resources that can inform early childhood programs, […]

Assessment of Preschool Early Literacy Skills: Linking Children’s Educational Needs with Empirically Supported Instructional Activities

(Published September 2012) | Useful to Parent Centers in working with families of young children with disabilities and in addressing the “Early Learning” priority. This resource explores how early childhood assessment informs instruction and intervention, highlighting screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring assessments. The authors, experts in the field of early childhood education and assessment, discuss […]

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