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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 releases new information brief, A Look Back at the Alternate Assessment on Modified Academic Achievement Standards.

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.

The Advocacy Institute co-authors the third edition of the State of Learning Disabilities for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Get it here.

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.

The Advocacy Institute authors groundbreaking report on the
graduation rate of students with learning disabilities for the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
Get it here.

Latest Projects

Advocate Academy Rewind

Free access to one of our webinar archives every month!

October 2015 feature:

Specific Learning Disabilities Identification:
Where We Are and What We Know


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!


Our Kids Count

The 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.

New on the Our Kids Count Blog:

A New ESEA? Little to Like for Students with Disabilities

U.S. Dept. of Ed releases 2015 state determinations
on IDEA implementation

okc BLOG


Our IDEAmoneywatch.com project provides comprehensive
information on federal funding for 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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