Advocates welcome federal focus on special-education quality

03/4/2012 | Education Week

The Education Department on Friday announced plans to change the way it evaluates how states are complying with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to better measure what students are learning and address the achievement gap between students with and without disabilities. Advocacy groups, including the Council for Exceptional Children, welcomed the move. "While there aren't many details about how they will proceed, we applaud the department's focus on outcomes for students with disabilities and its willingness to work with all stakeholders," said Lindsay Jones, CEC's senior director for policy and advocacy services.

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