University of Minnesota awarded grant to improve academics for children with disabilities

Americas, October 7 2016

The U.S. Department of Education on October 3 announced a $2 million grant to the University of Minnesota’s National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) to support states and local school districts in increasing participation and improving results for children with disabilities in state and districtwide academic assessments.

The funds will also be used to help states meet data collection and reporting requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

“States are working to adopt ambitious state-designed goals to measure academic achievement and to develop useful, inclusive assessments for students with disabilities,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “This award will help educators meet those challenges in order to improve instruction and school accountability for all children, especially those with disabilities.”

The award is being made under two programs authorized by IDEA. They include the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program, which promotes academic achievement and improves results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically-based research. And, the Technical Assistance on State Data Collection program, which improves the capacity of states to meet the IDEA data collection and reporting requirements.

Under the grant, NCEO will partner with Applied Engineering Management Corporation, the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, and WestED.

Together, they will support states and local school districts in implementing appropriate, high-quality assessments for children with disabilities, and will increase the capacity of state and school district personnel to use formative and summative assessment results in instructional decision-making to improve teaching and learning for children with disabilities.

The grant is being funded under the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

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