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Understanding Secondary Transition Plans and Postsecondary Goals for Students with Disabilities

History When Congress reauthorized and revised the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA, in 2004, they had several goals. One was to do something proactive to change historically low graduation rates and correspondingly high dropout rates among children with disabilities. The idea of a transition plan had been introduced in [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in MT

Montana Special Education The percentage of students in Montana with special needs is slightly lower than the national average: Ed.gov indicates that 12 percent of Montana’s student population has been identified as having disabilities, compared to 13 percent nationwide. The state has a relatively small total population of just over [...]

Scholarly and Evidence-Based Research Articles

We’ve compiled a list of scholarly and evidenced-based research articles for more in-depth investigation into special education topics. If you know of any free online articles that you think should be added to our list, please send a link to the article to info@specialeducationguide.com. In addition, here are several websites that are excellent resources [...]

Mission Possible: A Guide to College Programs for Students with Disabilities

As students near the end of their high school careers, it is completely normal and acceptable to feel a mixture of excitement and apprehension. This difficult time can be even more nerve wracking for students who struggle academically, due to learning, physical, or cognitive disabilities. If you or your child [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in NH

Special Education in New Hampshire In terms of its ability to meet the needs of students through special education services, New Hampshire falls short, earning a ranking of “Needs Assistance” from the U.S. Department of Education. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 15.3 percent of New Hampshire’s students [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in NY

New York Special Education The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and its Office of Special Education employ over 38,500 special educators to serve the state’s 728 public school districts. New York has 4,768 public schools, 140 charter schools and 1,991 private schools. New York City is home to the [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in CT

Connecticut Special Education Connecticut’s ability to serve its students in special education programs was rated by the U.S. Department of Education as “Meets Requirements,” the department’s highest rating, according to Education Week. The Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) and its Bureau of Special Education serve the state’s special education [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in RI

Special Education in Rhode Island The smallest state in the nation has one of the highest percentages of students assigned to Individualized Education Programs: according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 17.6 percent of Rhode Island’s students have disabilities, compared to the U.S. average of 13 percent. That said, [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in DE

Special Education in Delaware The U.S. Department of Education ranks Delaware’s services to its special education students as “Meets Requirements,” the highest rating given. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 14.4 percent of Delaware students are assigned Individualized Education Programs, above the national average of 13 percent. The [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in MD

Maryland Special Education In regard to its ability to provide services for students with special needs, the state of Maryland earns the rating of “Meets Requirements” (the highest rating given) from the Department of Education, according to Education Week. The National Center for Education Statistics states that 12.1 percent of [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in ME

Maine Special Education The percentage of Maine’s students who have Individualized Education Programs is 15.6, markedly higher than the national average of 13 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Maine is among the lowest-ranked states in terms of its ability to meet academic targets through its special [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in DC

Washington, D.C. Special Education With a rating of “Needs Intervention,” for its special education services from the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. ranks lower than most states in the region and the nation. However, the need for these services is high: The Institute of Education Studies reports that the [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in IN

Special Education in Indiana Indiana has one of the nation’s highest percentages of students with disabilities, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. With 15.8 percent of students possessing Individualized Education Programs, the proportion of students in Indiana who have identified disabilities is nearly three percentage points above the [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in AK

Special Education in Alaska The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 13.7 percent of students in Alaska are assigned Individualized Education Programs, which is slightly above the national average of 13 percent. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Alaska “Meets Requirements” in regard to its services to students [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in NE

Nebraska Special Education The U.S. Department of Education gave Nebraska at its highest rating of “Meets Requirements” for its special education services. According to ED.gov, 15 percent of students in Nebraska have disabilities, two percentage points above the national average. Nebraska has 253 public school districts, administrating 1,142 public schools. [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in ND

North Dakota Special Education According to the U.S. Department of Education, 14 percent of North Dakota’s student population has been identified as having disabilities, one percent above the national average. Concordia University reports that the state employs nearly 840 special educators. The U.S. Department of Education awarded North Dakota with [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in KS

Special Education in Kansas Kansas’s special education services earn the U.S. Department of Education’s highest mark of “Meets Requirements,” according to Education Week. The Kansas State Snapshot on the ED.gov website indicates that 14 percent of students in Kansas have disabilities, one percent higher than the national average, and the [...]

Special Education Degrees and Certification in OR

Special Education in Oregon The state of Oregon has seen an increase in the number of students requiring special education services every year for over a decade. Students with special needs comprise 13.3 percent of the overall student population in Oregon schools as of 2013, according to the Oregon Department [...]

Special Education Dictionary

504 Plan: The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the Rehabilitation Act and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment. These accommodations and modifications must [...]