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Our report on 2015 NAEP shows little progress for students with disabilities. Read our blog post.

Our report on 2015 TUDA shows poor performance for students with disabilities in most large urban school districts. Read out blog post.

Our report on latest graduation data shows big gaps for students with disabilities. Get our state-by-state analysis.

Our New Analysis finds students with disabilities served under Section 504 are overwhelmingly White, male. Read it here.

New study finds wide variation in graduation rates for students with disabilities; little relationship with states' graduation policies. Read it here.

IDEA Money Watch Special Report provides information on MOE reductions and use of IDEA funds for Coordinated Early Intervening Services. Read it here.

Our new Advocacy in Action reports on the February 2015 OSEP policy letter on Independent Education Evaluations. Read it here.

The Advocacy Institute and National Center on Educational Outcomes co-presented a webinar on Graduation Issues and Considerations for Students with Disabilities on December 11, 2014. View archive here.

The Advocacy Institute co-authors new RTI-based SLD Identification Toolkit for the RTI Action Network. View the introductory webinar on the Toolkit.

Check out Moving Your Numbers to learn ways to improve performance for students with disabilities. The Parent/Family Companion Guide was written by The Advocacy Institute.


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Advocate Academy Rewind

Free access to one of our webinar archives every month!

November 2015 feature:

Navigating Response to Intervention (RTI):
Tips & Strategies for Advocates


IDEA State Complaint Resource Center

The IDEA State Complaint Resource Center is your guide to effective
state complaints, one of the dispute resolution options under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Check it out!


okc BLOG


Our Kids CountThe Our Kids Count project (OKC) tracks activities regarding the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind, the nation's major federal education law, with a focus on issues affecting special education students and alerts you to issues of concern.


Our IDEAmoneywatch.com project provides comprehensive
information on federal funding for the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Get updates on important issues involving IDEA federal funding.




Resource Highlights

Interactive report on special education prepared by Emily LeCoz, reporter at
The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.

Compare graduation rates, educational environments, discipline, staffing and exiting data state-by-state!

Interactive Report on Special Education

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Preparing for Special Education
Mediation and Resolution Sessions:
A Guide for Families
and Advocates

Produced in collaboration with the Children's Law Clinic at Duke University Law School.

Get your free copy today!

ESEA Flexibility: Issues for
Students with Disabilities

We've identified 7 issues that could negatively impact students with disabilities in states with approved ESEA waivers.
Get it here

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