Supporting Students with Disabilities throughout the Year
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.
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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.