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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 latest 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!

May 2016 feature:

IEP Essentials: Lessons Learned Through Legal Analysis


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 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

Advocate Academy USBAdvocate Academy Deluxe Webinar
Collection USB Flash Drive

All 50 of our Webinar archives plus
all related materials to access anytime, anywhere.

Details and online ordering here.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Learn how the latest reauthorization of the Elementary
and Secondary Education Act will impact students with disabilities. Get our analysis and comments here.

Explore an array of resources on ESSA here.

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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!

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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