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Improving Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

National Council on Disability, Washington, DC (2006-2007)

EPI and the American Youth Policy Forum conducted a joint evaluation and policy analysis of the impact of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on the academic outcomes of students with disabilities and state development of infrastructure and professional development. As part of this research project, EPI conducted case studies of the ten most populous states. Work included interviews with state agency administrators, descriptive analyses of state-level achievement data and graduation and drop-out rates, state policy analysis, review of the capability of state data collection and management systems to track and provide public accountability for outcomes of students with disabilities, and a review of state-level teacher preparation programs, recruitment, and professional development in support of improved academic outcomes.