Debunking Myths about Students with Disabilities
When education initiatives set out to help those who have been “historically disadvantaged or historically marginalized,” they perfectly describe students with disabilities. Yet too often, these students have been excluded from conversations about equity in education. Consequently, it is important for state boards of education to set audacious goals and to translate them into policy. As states align state policy and goals to work toward equitable education, they must pursue high expectations, appropriate services, and booming achievement for students with disabilities.
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State boards can watch policies for red flags that hold students back.
State policy should confront the pervasive low expectations that the outcomes reveal.
The data point up a need for services that extend beyond the school year.
Build a system that supports each student rather than a mythical average one.
Equitable education means overcoming challenges in identification, staff training, and funding.