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Free Secondary Transition Workbook

Posted on January 01, 2012

My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College – A Workbook for Middle and Junior High School Students This U.S. Department of Education publication for middle and junior high school students helps youth learn about the range of postsecondary school options, the benefits of higher education, how to pay for college, and how to start preparing for college and career in middle school. Personalized activities help youth think about how college can help them achieve their individual caree

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Free Secondary Transition Tools

Posted on January 01, 2012

Transition services under IDEA 2004 are defined as a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that is designed to be within a results-oriented process. The focus is on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. The tools and resources in this Secondary Transition Collection help to improve the transition process. Free tools include: Guiding Princi

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Graduation: Move on Early if Ready

Posted on January 01, 2012

Arizona schools try new diploma system A handful of public schools in Arizona are the first to undertake an ambitious new program this year to not only improve what students learn but also to demand results and reward them by allowing some to graduate two years sooner. Under the Move On When Ready initiative, approved last year by the Legislature, 14 schools will offer a new, more-intense curriculum. After two years, students will take examinations to prove that they have mastered core s

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College, Independence Hurdles For Young Adults With Disabilities

Posted on December 12, 2011

Young adults with disabilities are less likely to participate in traditional rights of passage like going to college or living independently than their typically developing peers, new research indicates. In the six years following high school, just 55 percent of those with disabilities continued their education compared to 62 percent of those without special needs. Moreover, 36 percent said they lived alone, with a partner or roommate, as opposed to living with their parents. That compar

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Transitioning to Middle School for a Child With Autism

Posted on December 12, 2011

Matthew, Patty, and Michael knew something different was happening that Tuesday. The three children had been listening to a social story about going to a new school. The story talked about the upcoming changes that were to take place in August including pictures of a new school. The students understood that a bus would be bringing them to a different school for a special community-based instruction that week. Patty was the most excited of the three students. The fifth-grader knew that the

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Life Paths Diverge for Young Adults With, Without Disabilities

Posted on November 11, 2011

Postsecondary outcomes Six years after high school, students with disabilities are less likely to have gone on to postsecondary schools than their classmates without disabilities and less likely to be financially independent, but a little more likely to have children, according to a new report from the National Center for Special Education Research. The report found that 55 percent of young people with disabilities reported having continued on to postsecondary school since leaving high

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Utah Lawmaker Proposes Making School Districts pay for College Remediation

Posted on October 10, 2011

A Utah lawmaker wants to make school districts and charter schools that fail to prepare students for college pay — literally. Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, is working on a bill for the next legislative session that would allow colleges to bill school districts and charter schools for the cost of remediating their students when they get to college. Dougall said it’s about making sure a high school diploma means something. “Perhaps the high school or district that issues the diploma

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Report Finds Progress, Problems for Students With Learning Disabilities

Posted on October 10, 2011

A new report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities says too few students with learning disabilities graduate from high school, and some racial and ethnic groups are still disproportionately represented in LD programs, but early intervention strategies appear to be reducing the overall number of students who are identified as having a learning disability. While graduation rates for students with learning disabilities have increased in the last decade, rising from 52 percent in

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Tips for Re-Engaging Out-of-School Youth

Posted on October 10, 2011

Taking aim at the high school dropout rate across the country, the nation’s governors are recommending swift action to reconnect with students who are abandoning their educations. At a time when educational attainment beyond high school is increasingly  viewed as a necessary step toward employment, more than one million teenagers, age 16 to 19, are not enrolled in school and do not have a high school diploma, according to a new brief released by the National Governors Association Cente

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Can Workers With Disabilities be Paid Less Than Minimum Wage?

Posted on October 10, 2011

Protests Mark ADA Anniversary On the 21st anniversary of a law that dramatically expanded disability rights, advocates are demonstrating across the country against a proposal that would set guidelines on when workers with disabilities can be paid less than minimum wage. Members of the National Federation of the Blind are holding “informational protests” outside the district offices of members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday. The actions c

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