Secondary School Programs and Performance of Students With Disabilities: A Special Topic Report of Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2)

July 6, 2012 – 2:54 pm

In November 2011, the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) released a report on Secondary School Programs and Performance of Students With Disabilities: A Special Topic Report of Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 uses data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 dataset to provide a national picture of what courses students with disabilities took in high school, in what settings, and with what success in terms of credits and grades earned.

Keywords:  Secondary school curriculum, students transition to college, students with disabilities

Access the PDF of the report and related information

Featured New Book

August 24, 2010 – 5:33 pm

Common SENse for the Inclusive Classroom/ Richard Hanks.  London : Jessica Kinglsey, 2011.  Location:  Prince William Campus Stacks / Call Number:  LC4015.H236 2011 

Description from Jessica Kingsley:  “This book condenses everything the mainstream teacher needs to know about Special Educational Needs into one short volume, allowing them to pick and choose teaching methods that suit them and each individual student. Following a revolutionary ‘a la carte’ concept, the book acts first and foremost as a teaching menu, offering a variety of options that teachers can use as they see fit. Written in a jargon-free, accessible style, the author gets to the heart of issues associated with teaching mixed ability classes, offering more flexible alternatives to traditional teaching strategies and suggesting helpful approaches that really work. Maintaining that teachers are usually far more capable of handling situations than they believe themselves to be, the book allows them to choose methods that suit their own personal style and the specific needs of their students. Essential background information on special educational needs including dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is included throughout. Combining practical methodology with factual information about learning difficulties, this guide will be an invaluable resource for non-specialist teachers supporting children with special educational needs in inclusive classrooms.

Financing Special Education

May 26, 2010 – 8:22 pm

Financing Special Education:  State Funding Formulas (PDF)

This document reports on the formulas used by states in 2008-2009. Within the document, the reader will find a table laying out the general types of funding formulas in 2009 for each state, followed by a few examples of unique complexities within formulas. Other sections of the document describe a number of changes in formulas over the years and on what states are allowed to spend their special education funds. Each state’s special education funding formula, as reported, is provided in the appendix.  Source:  Project Forum.

Google for Educators

October 30, 2009 – 10:04 am

Google for Educators organizes Google tools helpful for teachers and classroom use in one location. Other features are classroom activities (organized by grade level) and classroom posters. Recent projects and news include: information about the Ancient Rome 3D layer in Google Earth and how it can be used to teach about ancient Rome, Election Tools for Teachers, and more!

NAEP Data Explorer

October 30, 2009 – 9:52 am

With the U.S. Department of Education’s NAEP Data Explorer (NDE) you can create statistical tables, charts, and maps to help you find answers. Explore the results of decades of assessment of students’ academic performance, as well as information about factors that may be related to their learning.

Welcome to the Special Education Portal!

August 21, 2009 – 12:28 pm

This portal is currently under construction.  Check back later for Special Education resources and research related information for the George Mason University community.

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