U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Level of ‘Benefit’ Special Education Must Provide


Article comes from Mark Walsh via Education Week.

Here is the case and summary of the question at hand:

“The case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 (No. 15-827), raises an important question that has divided federal appeals courts: What level of educational benefit must a child receive under his or her individualized education program, or IEP, to satisfy the demands of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act?”

10 Common Mental Health Problems Students Face

Great post from Amanda Green, via Edudemic, that highlights 10 Common Mental Health Problems Students Face.  She cites that 1 in 7 children between the ages of 2 and 8 experience mental health disorders.

Here are her 10, check the article for more details!

  1. ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
  2. Anxiety
  3. Depression
  4. Autism Spectrum Disorders
  5. PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  6. OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
  7. Tourette Syndrome
  8. ODD (Obsessive Defiant Disorder)
  9. CD (Conduct Disorder)
  10. Eating Disorders

Majority of States Fall Short of Meeting Expectations for IDEA

Sharing this via  EdWeek and Christina Samuels.  This article cites some disappointing news around special education.

According to results on the National Assessment of Education Progress; 26 states, including the District of Columbia, do not meet the standards set forth by the Individuals with Disabilities Act.  This means that students are not scoring at or above the basic level in over half of the states in the US.

Check it out for yourself!


Special Education Numbers are Increasing

Christina Samuels,  she specializes in writing about early childhood and special education, writes a great article discussing why special education numbers have been on the rise in the United States since 2012 after decrease each year since 2005.

It is a great read that summarizes the changes in statistics, reasons for the shift, and for why they numbers may be rising.   She also discusses funding special education and the impacts that the shift has on states.  Interestingly, it has been 16 years since the anyone has analyzed special education spending!

I find this alarming because what if there are better, more efficient ways to serve these students but as a country we do not know where, how the money is spent.  I am confident that each district tracks this information carefully but what if there was a more efficient way to distribute, allocate this funding and we are missing out on that opportunity?

Check out the article!

Here is a link to the Ed Week Special Education blog as well that provides tons of great information!