ESEA Insider News - Page 2

  • Alternatives to retention for students with disabilities

    As students with poor academic skills move through the grades, their peers outperform them at a rate that is almost exponential. Since retention is rarely the best option, educators must be ready to employ other more suitable interventions.

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  • Scrupulously avoid retaining students with disabilities

    The retention of any pupil is a weighty matter, but for students with disabilities it is an action that should be a matter of last resort, applied only when other ways to improve academic proficiency are lacking. The reasoning for that admonition is the primary subject of this column.

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  • DeVos confirmation and charters under ESSA

    During congressional hearings, Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, was not particularly forthcoming about her view on a number of national issues pertinent to education. However, based on her past performance and comments, there is one point on which the educational community can be absolutely certain–she’s enthusiastic about charters.

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  • Retaining students with disabilities–policy matters

    As our planet moves toward the vernal equinox, parents and teachers will begin considering educational plans for pupils for next school year and one issue that will invariably arise is the prospect of retention.

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  • Engagement–it’s not just for couples

    A re-occurring theme throughout the Every Student Succeeds Act is parent and community engagement–in preparation, in designing accountability report cards, in allocating funds. The congressional intent on this topic is clear: local and state education agencies are expected to be inclusive in policy development and budgeting.

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