"Spread the Word to End the Word" Day on March 5, 2014
PACER Center is proud to support Special Olympics and Best Buddies in celebrating "Spread the Word to End the Word" day which raises awareness about the hurtfulness of the r-word. PACER’s “Peer Advocacy” program offers resources to protect students with disabilities from being bullied.
New Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy
On February 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released new guidance to school districts and teachers on protecting students’ privacy and confidential data when using online educational services, including compliance with the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). Read more >>>
FlagHouse, Inc., and PACER Announce Partnership in Support of Bullying Awareness
FlagHouse, Inc. – a premier global supplier of equipment and resources for physical education, sports, fitness and recreation, as well as special needs and special education – has announced a partnership with PACER Center in support of bullying prevention and awareness for all children including those with disabilities. Together the two organizations plan to help reduce and prevent bullying through a combination of educational materials, events, activities, and games, plus specially-designed equipment that fosters teamwork and encourages children to cooperate and play together. Learn more
Evidence-Based Practices for Children and Youth with Autism
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders has released its much-anticipated update on evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism. Scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute spearheaded the project, screening 29,000 articles about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to locate the soundest research on interventions for children from birth to age 22.
This report provides important guidance for professionals and families. You can read more here:
New Federal Discipline Guidance
The U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released a school discipline guidance package that will assist states, districts and schools in developing practices and strategies to enhance school climate, and ensure those policies and practices comply with federal law. The guidance aims to help ensure responses to misbehavior are fair, non-discriminatory and effective. More >>>
Minnesota Department of Education, Special Education Child report #13 is now availible online.
An updated copy of the Special Education Child Report #13 has been posted to the web. The data is based on the December 17, 2013 Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System (MARSS) reporting deadline. Report #13 can be accessed at the following location:
Click List Reports and
Click "Special Ed. Unduplicated Child Count by Setting Report #13" when it gets displayed below the selection form.
Major News Organization covers PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Month
“Huffington Post” blogger Cathy Chester shared the sad but true stories in her Oct. 7 post about two young children who were the targets of bullying, and chronicled PACER’s efforts during National Bullying Prevention Month to ensure that all children can be safe. The influential website is one of many national news organizations that have covered PACER’s efforts to raise awareness for bullying prevention throughout October, including the “New York Times,” “USA Today,” ABC News, and dozens of local TV newscasts across the country. Read more
PACER Parent Advocate Offers Insight into Behavior of 9-year-old Stowaway
The story of a 9-year-old Minneapolis boy who snuck onto a Delta Airlines flight to Las Vegas Oct. 3 has been making headlines across the country for nearly two weeks. In an interview with the Twin Cities’ FOX News affiliate, PACER parent advocate Renelle Nelson said the boy’s behavior was an indication that he needed attention and was not getting it. “When you’ve got a 9-year-old who is doing significant behavior like that — to me that’s a cry for help,” she said. PACER offers a variety of resources for parents of children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Watch the FOX9 report.
Department of Education Proposes to Eliminate "2 Percent Rule" in Assessing Students with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education has proposed new regulations that would end states’ ability to use alternate assessments based on modified academic standards (AA-MAAS) for students with disabilities as part of Elementary and Secondary Education Act accountability requirements. Currently States can count scores of up to 2% of students using alternate assessments when determining proficiency rates. Under the proposed regulations, all students will be tested using accessible general assessments based on the same college and career ready standards.
StarTribune - Science and math camp encourages middle-school girls with special needs
Until last week, Courtney Thompson had never really thought about how M&Ms are made. But then she watched an experiment by scientists from IBM who used the candy to illustrate ideas behind quality-control testing.
And now, the 16-year-old from Apple Valley thinks project management is “pretty cool.”
“Do you know which kind of M&M has the fewest defects?” she asked. “It’s yellow. But I like the brown ones.”