13. “Struggling Students”

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has submitted its “Principles for the reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act.” “The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of nearly 100 national consumer, advocacy, provider and professional organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C.”

CCD supports the idea that disabled pupils should reach graduation “career ready” and “college ready.” Within the framework of ESEA, the right to an appropriate public education must be ensured.

General and special education must be prepared to teach grade-level content and create a positive learning climate. They must “…select and implement evidence-based instruction, and modify curriculum and assessment using principles of universal design for learning to meet the needs of diverse learners.” There should be early targeted instruction, which can include response to intervention.

Integration of instruction and services — “…mental health services, assistive technology, specialized instructional support services, and adequate nutrition” — must work to eliminate barriers to learning.

“State, district and classroom based assessments must utilize the principles of Universal Design for Learning to ensure that all students – including those with disabilities – can meaningfully demonstrate their knowledge and skills, thereby providing a more accurate understanding of student academic performance for evaluation by educators, families and policymakers.”

Growth models if applied of assessment should be used with all students.

IEP progress in the general curriculum should not be used to determine school accountability.

Families should be included in school policy formulation and decision-making.

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