Volume 22, No. 1
Supporting Learning for Students with Disabilities
The last few years have been intensely challenging ones for many students with disabilities, their families, and their teachers. Despite the label that unites these students, the disabilities that lead to their identification are many and varied, so their supports should also vary. This is the thread that connects the articles in this issue: If educators and policymakers can figure out how to build an ecosystem where these students get the personalized supports they need to thrive, then it will truly be possible for all students.
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.