The U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently announced new steps to help close the achievement gap for students with disabilities; by moving away from a one-size-fits-all compliance-focused approach to a more balanced system that looks at how well students are being educated in addition to continued efforts to protect their rights. ED plans to pay more attention to educational outcomes, including critical indicators like increasing academic performance or graduation rates for students with disabilities. ASHA has reached out to ED expressing a desire participate in this process.
According to ED's press release, "since the current process of conducting on-site state compliance reviews has not focused enough on improving student outcomes, the Department will not be carrying out the visits scheduled for the 2012-13 school year to allow it time to develop a new and more effective system. However, it will continue to review annual performance reports as well as monitor state supervision systems."
For more information visit ED's website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.