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From Cradle to Career:. Key Policy shifts for Children, Youth and Professionals. CEC National Legislative Conference ▪ June 8, 2014. Let’s Discuss…. Advancing Early Learning Opportunities for Children with Disabilities

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from cradle to career

From Cradle to Career:

Key Policy shifts for Children, Youth and Professionals

CEC National Legislative Conference ▪ June 8, 2014

let s discuss
Let’s Discuss…

Advancing Early Learning Opportunities for Children with Disabilities

ESEA Flexibility Driving Transition to College & Career Ready Standards & Assessments

Implementing New Standards/Assessments:

Impact on Students with Disabilities, Special Educators

Transitioning to Postsecondary and Career

Investing in Special/Gifted Education

sharon walsh
Sharon Walsh

CEC Division for early childhood

Infant and toddler coordinators association

pk 12 education reforms
PK-12 Education Reforms

Impact of Esea flexibility


What a difference 7 years makes!!

lots of talking
Lots of Talking …

Senator Tom Harkin

D- Iowa

Senator Lamar Alexander



American Association of Administrators, Policy Insider Oct 2011

esea waivers
ESEA Waivers
  • 43 States + Washington, DC; Puerto Rico have waivers


Washington State Waiver Revoked on

April 24, 2014

ESEA Waivers
  • Remove 2014 AYP deadline
  • Funding Flexibility
  • Changes to Accountability
  • Flexibility for HQT Plans
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ESEA Waivers

4 Conditions:

  • Adopt College & Career Ready Standards
  • Develop Assessments that Measure Student Growth
  • Develop Guidelines for Local Teacher and Principal Evaluations Based on Effectiveness
  • Develop Differentiated Accountability System
cec supporting special educators in transition to ccrs assessments
CEC Supporting Special Educators in Transition to CCRS & Assessments
  • Increasing professional development opportunities for special educatorsto learn, digest, and prepare for the implementation of college and career ready standards;
  • Halting/Removing high-stakes, personnel decisionsbased solely on student outcomes on college and career ready standards;
  • Building professional learning communitiesto reinforce a joint, collaborative approach between general and special educators; and
  • Rebuilding educator preparation programsto ensure future educators understand how students with disabilities have access to college and career ready standards.
Field Testing…The Good, Bad, & Ugly!

Field Tests:

March –June 2014

4 million + students

36 states, District of Columbia

“The newness of this program will generate a few hiccups.”

– PARCC Official, March 2014

What Works? What Doesn’t?

Hardware? Bandwidth? Desktops? Laptops? Tablets?

Accommodations Policies, Implementation

Confusing? Overwhelming for students?

37,000 Schools
  • 4 million students
  • 36 States
  • 3-4 Hours of
  • testing…for now!
  • Most students taking
  • online

Source: EdWeek

dynamic learning maps
Dynamic Learning Maps

18 States

Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards

national center state collaborative
National Center & State Collaborative

 Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pacific Assessment Consortium (PAC‐6),Pennsylvania,

Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming

Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards


Computer-Based Assessment


Computer-Adaptive Assessment

john riley
John Riley

National education association

where are we in the legislative process
Where are we in the legislative process??

Passage by House Education Committee

Passage by Senate Education Committee

Student Success Act (HR 5)

House Version of ESEA

  • July 19, 2013: Passed House by 221-207 vote; all Democrats and 12 Republicans voted against
  • Two days of debate
    • 18 amendments passed
    • 4 amendments defeated
    • 4 withdrawn

CEC Opposed, as did most of the education & disability communities

Student Success Act (HR 5)

House Version of ESEA

Student Success Act (HR 5)

House Version of ESEA

Strengthening America’s Schools Act

Senate Version of ESEA

  • Passed Senate Health, Education, Labor, Pensions (HELP) Committee June 12, 2013
  • Passed with only Democrat support
  • Two days of debate and amendments

CEC supported with some reservations, as did most of disability community; education community split

expanding opportunities in higher education workforce
Expanding Opportunities in Higher Education & Workforce

Supporting Transition to Postsecondary Education

  • Must reinforce high expectations
  • Transition planning must begin at age 14
  • Strengthen relationships between PK-12, postsecondary, workforce systems
  • Invest in National Center for Information and Technical Support for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities
  • Invest in National Coordinating Center for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Only 29% of students with disabilities complete postsecondary program/graduate with diploma

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Expanding Opportunities in Higher Education & Workforce

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

  • Limits use of subminimum wage for individuals with disabilities by ensuring that before an individual receives subminimum wage they first:
      • receive pre-employment transition services;
      • applied for vocational rehabilitation services, and if eligible, made a serious attempt at competitive integrated employment;
      • receive counseling, information and referral about alternatives to subminimum wage employment.
  • Individuals with disabilities currently employed at subminimum wage must be provided on going career counseling, information and referrals, and notification of local training opportunities to move into competitive integrated employment, as appropriate.
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Expanding Opportunities in Higher Education & Workforce
  • Emphasizes State vocational rehabilitation agencies make “pre-employment transition services” available to all students with disabilities and to coordinate those services with IDEA’s transition services.
  • State vocational rehabilitation programs will set aside 15% of their Federal funding to help young people with disabilities transition from secondary school to post secondary education programs and employment.
idea full funding act
IDEA Full Funding Act

Congressmen Van Hollen (D-MD), McKinley (R-WV), Walz (D-MN), Gibson (R-NY), Huffman (D-CA) and Reichert (R-WA)

IDEA Full Funding Act would fully fund IDEA by 2024 (HR 4136)

Today’s Topic:

Education policy shifts… Discuss!