The only organization dedicated solely to helping state boards advance equity and excellence in public education.


Nationwide, over 430,000 teachers serve seven million students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for eligible students with a disability in one or more of 13 categories, and to the greatest extent possible, for inclusion, so that students with disabilities are educated alongside their peers without disabilities. Summer learning opportunities are critical to students with disabilities. Students who qualify for services under IDEA sometimes are also eligible for extended school year (ESY)  programming.


Supporting Students with Disabilities throughout the Year



Related Content



Also In this Issue

Image credit: iStock Photos

Ensuring Students with Disabilities Leave School Ready to Succeed

By Kristin K. Liu, Martha L. Thurlow and Sheryl S. Lazarus

State boards can watch policies for red flags that hold students back.





Image credit: iStock Photos

Debunking Myths about Students with Disabilities

By Karla Phillips-Krivickas

State policy should confront the pervasive low expectations that the outcomes reveal.





Image credit: iStock Photos

Supporting Students with Disabilities throughout the Year

By Angela Johnson and Elizabeth Barker

The data point up a need for services that extend beyond the school year.





Reenvisioning the Future with Universal Design for Learning

By James D. Basham

Build a system that supports each student rather than a mythical average one.






Image credit: iStock Photos

Supporting English Learners with Disabilities

By Drew S. Fagan and Luis Javier Pentón Herrera

Equitable education means overcoming challenges in identification, staff training, and funding.





Image credit: iStock Photos

Understanding Special Education Teacher Shortages

By David Peyton and Kelly Acosta

State policies meaningfully affect recruitment and retention.







Featured Items

State Strategies to Advance Digital Equity

By spearheading efforts to collect data, collaborate with partners, buy digital devices and infrastructure, and reimagine effective technology use, several states have made strides toward digital equity in schools.

States Build Support for Students Who Are Homeless

Several states are leveraging $800 million under the American Rescue Plan’s Homeless Children and Youth Program to better address the short- and long-term needs of students experiencing homelessness.
Indiana State Capitol Building on a Beautiful Day. Image credit: iStock i

Seven Questions to Ask about Leveraging American Rescue Plan Funds

This NASBE analysis highlights questions state boards can ask to help frame ongoing conversations to discern the impact of federal COVID-19 relief funds.

Upcoming Events

From the States