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Getting Ready for the 2021-22 School Year: FAQs about Testing Children with Disabilities

The 2020-21 school year was an unprecedented year with many districts implementing virtual learning, and with some districts moving back and forth between in-person and distance learning. Now, as children return to school in Fall 2021, it is critical that states and districts gather information on what children with disabilities have learned and where they need more support to meet standards-based learning goals. With this information, educators can make changes to current programs and to instruction to address children’s needs. Both formal and informal tests are important tools for gathering information.

This brief from NCEO answers frequently asked questions about whether (and how!) to test children with disabilities. The FAQ notes in particular that individualized education program (IEP) teams may need to revisit a child’s IEP before making test participation decisions. IEPs written before the COVID-19 pandemic may no longer address an individual child’s needs after the pandemic. For a list of the FAQs posed and to connect with the brief, read more here.

Starter Set of Resources on LRE

Accurate and updated information as of August 2021 Looking for information, resources, and technical assistance (TA) to help you and others support children with disabilities in their least restrictive environment in school? Here’s a starter list of places to look online. These will surely lead you to more. ________________________ Quick-jump links Reflecting on the meaning […]

Considering Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities

A resource for IEP Teams Updated, March 2021 PDF format In Word   This checklist is designed to help IEP teams consider the needs of students with disabilities for assistive technology. The checklist was included as a Resource for Trainers in Theme D of our Building the Legacy training curriculum on IDEA. It was adapted […]

Modifying an IEP or 504 for Distance or Hybrid Learning

(2020) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with families and schools Also available in Spanish. As the year begins with distance or hybrid learning at most schools, many parents are worried that pre-pandemic IEP plans may leave students with disabilities without vital services. Luckily, IEP or 504 plans aren’t set in stone. If a […]

Reaching the Students Who Don’t Have Reliable Internet Access

(2020, April 21) | Useful to Parent Centers assisting families and educators during the coronavirus pandemic As schools turn to virtual teaching and learning, the disparity between some students and their ability to continue learning at home has grown. Not every student has internet access, let alone a computer. And, in some places, like rural […]

Supports, Modifications, and Accommodations for Students

Updated, March 2020 For many students with disabilities—and for many without—the key to success in the classroom lies in having appropriate adaptations, accommodations, and modifications made to the instruction and other classroom activities. Some adaptations are as simple as moving a distractible student to the front of the class or away from the pencil sharpener […]

Helping Students Recover from a Concussion: Classroom Tips for Teachers

Teachers can play an important role in helping students recover from a concussion as they return to school. Making short-term changes to students’ school work load and schedule—and giving them the time to help their brain heal—can help them get back to their regular school routine. CDC’s “Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs” […]

AIM: A Technical Guide for Families and Advocates

Updated March 22, 2019 | This guide was created to help families and advocates learn why a student may need Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM), what types of specialized formats are available, how AIM are acquired, what supports are necessary to effectively utilize them, and what can be done to promote the use of AIM for […]

AIM Explorer

Update March 22, 2019 | AIM Explorer is a free computer-based simulation that helps readers with low-vision, physical challenges, and learning and attention difficulties decide which reading access features found in the most commonly available text readers and reading software will help them access and understand text. Magnification, custom text and background colors, text-to-speech (synthetic […]

AIM Basics for Families

Update March 22, 2019 | This web resource explains the concept of accessible instructional materials (AIM) to families of students with disabilities. The document helps families and other members of a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team decide: whether the student needs Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM), what type of specialized format the student needs, how […]

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