Fewer States Meeting ED’s New Special Education Standards


Education Week (7/9) reports that under ED’s new standards for assessing states’ special education programs, “fewer states are fully meeting federal requirements.” The piece explains that under the new system, ED “is focusing less on state compliance with voluminous special education rules and more on how well those students are being taught.” The piece notes that the number of states in the “meets requirements” category fell from 38 in 2013 to 15 this year. When the findings were announced in June, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that the move “is an important shift away from ‘complacency,’” and the article quotes him saying, “That complacency is not in our students’ best interest. In too many states, the outcomes for students with disabilities are simply too low.”