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U.S. Department of Education Offers States New Resource for Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities

April 26, 2006

"Tool Kit" a collaborative effort between Elementary/Secondary, Special Ed Offices

April 25, 2006: In keeping with the goal of ensuring that all students achieve to high standards, the U.S. Department of Education today announced the availability of a new tool kit to help states fully implement the accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind for students with disabilities.

The "Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities" was released by John H. Hager, assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and Henry Johnson, assistant secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, during the annual legislative conference of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said the resource would help states address the needs of more of their students in meeting the high expectations prompted by No Child Left Behind.

"Under No Child Left Behind, our nation has committed to providing every single child with a quality education," Spellings said. "No Child Left Behind works in concert with the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to ensure that schools are held accountable for the educational results of all their students. Given the appropriate supports and services, the expectation is that students with disabilities can achieve to high standards. Already, we are seeing results as the longstanding achievement gap finally begins to close."

A collaborative effort of OSERS and OESE, the Tool Kit is a publication that provides up-to-date guidance on assessing the achievement and progress of students with disabilities.

It also includes a set of technical assistance products that offer practical, research-based approaches to the challenges schools are facing in the areas of assessment, instruction, behavioral interventions, and use of accommodations for students with disabilities.

In addition, the Tool Kit offers information about research now under way to further expand educators' knowledge in this area.

The Tool Kit is being disseminated to the state leadership so that they can share these materials with those in their states who have responsibility for improving teaching and assessment of all students. The Tool Kit is also accessible through ed.gov at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/reports.html.


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