Learning Disabilities Identification:
Where We Are and What We Know
Nancy Mather, Ph.D.
Mather is a Professor at the University of Arizona in
the department of Special Education, Rehabilitation,
and School Psychology. She specializes in the areas of
assessment, reading, writing, and learning disabilities.
She has served as a learning disabilities teacher, a
diagnostician, a university professor, and an educational
consultant. She has published numerous articles and conducts
workshops on assessment and instruction nationwide. Dr.
Mather is a co-author of the Woodcock-Johnson III and
has co-authored two books on interpretation and application
of the WJ III: Woodcock-Johnson III: Reports, Recommendations,
and Strategies (Mather & Jaffe, 2002) and Essentials
of WJ III Tests of Achievement Assessment (Mather, Wendling, & Woodcock,
2001). In addition, she has recently co-authored the
books: Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors:
A Guide to Intervention and Classroom Management (2nd
ed.) (Mather & Goldstein, 2008), Evidence-based Interventions
for Students with Learning and Behavioral Challenges
(Morris & Mather, 2008), Essentials of Assessment
Report Writing (Lichtenberger, Mather, Kaufman, & Kaufman,
2004), and Essentials of Evidence-based Academic Interventions
(Wendling & Mather, 2009).
Archive and Materials
Archive*: This is the recording
of the live Webinar conducted on December 3, 2009.
The recording is 1 hr, 28 minutes in length.
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This is the Handout
for the Webinar presentation on Specific
Learning Disabilities Identification: Where We Are and What We Know. (PDF,
and Analysis of Comments: This is the
IDEA 2004 federal regulations regarding Evaluation
and Eligibility and the Analysis of Comments pertaining
to SLD from the U.S. Department of Education.
Comments of particular importance are highlighted.
(PDF, 46 pgs.)
Identification: An Analysis of State Policies: This
analysis looks at the eligibility criteria used to
determine the presence of a specific learning disability
across states since the changes in IDEA 2004 law and
federal regulations. Results indicate variability among
the states regarding eligibility
with all states using response to intervention and
the majority of states allowing the use of various
discrepancy models. A podcast interview with the authors
of the analysis is also featured.
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