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National Council on Disability Bulletin, January 2008
Date:2/15/2008

ignificant, positive impact.

Thanks to NCLB, with its push for improved student outcomes, as well as the IDEA, educators across the United States are reexamining their practices to find ways to close the achievement gaps between groups of students. Students with disabilities are a focus of this attention as schools and states work hard to improve their academic outcomes. Policymakers are studying the ongoing implementation of both NCLB and IDEA to determine the most effective means for serving students with disabilities.

NCD commissioned The No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: A Progress Report to assist policy leaders and stakeholders in assessing the impact of NCLB and IDEA on schools, including student outcomes produced as a result of changes mandated in the laws. This report provides a detailed analysis of such key questions as (a) How has student achievement status changed since the laws were (re)authorized? (b) What impact have the laws had on assessment systems, accountability systems, and systems of personnel development? and (c) Which barriers are impeding the achievement of students with disabilities, and how can those barriers be overcome?

Panelists included Lisa Mattheiss, NCD Board Member; Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute; and NCD Chairperson John R. Vaughn as moderator.

The report in its entirety can be found at (http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2008/NoChildLeftBehind_IDEA_Progr ess_Report.html).

NCD Releases Annual Progress Report

On January 15, NCD released its annual report, National Disability Policy: A Progress Report (http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2008/NationalDisabilityPolicy_A_P rogress_Report
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