The trend toward inclusion of students with disabilities in mainstream classrooms across Utah is helping students make academic and social gains despite their disabilities, educators say. "The bar has been raised. We put kids in inclusive settings for social reasons, and they picked up more academics than we thought they would," one state education official says. But while 52% of Utah students who have special needs are placed in mainstream classrooms -- up from 42% in 2004 -- some say the state still needs to improve training for generalists who teach students with disabilities.

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