Allysa Babb

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The Role of Assessments in Special Education

<i>In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the report's major findings is that urban students spend an average of only 1.7 percent of the school year taking state and district-required tests. In this</i> …

The Common Core Is Tough on Kids With Special Needs

The standards don't allow enough flexibility for students who learn differently.<p>In a recent discussion board thread on reading comprehension challenges in autism, a special-education teacher commented that her students can’t understand the assigned reading passages. “When I complained, I was told …

Asking Kids With Special Needs To Clear The Same Bar

Jackson Ellis will soon head to fourth grade. Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, he's been receiving publicly funded services since he was 15 months old. Jackson's mother, Rebecca Ellis, a single parent, has made education advocacy her career. She's fighting to make sure her son gets the help …

Special needs changes a 'landmark moment' in education

<b>Changes have been made this week which give children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and their families a greater say in the support they receive. So how do the people affected feel about the new system?</b><p>The new measures are being described as some of the biggest changes in …