Subject: New CD Released: "Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities: Parents' Materials"
John H. Hager, assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education, is pleased to share with you an important message about a newly released CD, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities: Parentsí Materials.
I am pleased to announce the release of a CD version of the Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities: Parentsí Materials designed to assist parents and states in their efforts to work together to raise the achievement of all students with disabilities.
The Parent Tool Kit compiles materials identified to augment the previously released CD, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities, and offers a collection of resources on the same substantive areas addressed, including assessment, instructional practices, behavior and accommodations. These new documents were written specifically for parents and include information they need as they work with schools to ensure that their children are receiving a quality education. Materials included in the new Parent Tool Kit provide information that will help them become active and informed participants in IEP discussions and other decision-making meetings that support students with disabilities and their families.
To encourage broad dissemination of these materials, we have launched a new Web site, http://www.osepideasthatwork.org/toolkit/index.asp,
which includes the materials in the Parent Tool Kit. The Web site will continue to be updated with additional materials as they become available.
This Parent Tool Kit is an example of the Department of Educationís ongoing commitment to ensuring that states, local school districts, schools and families have the most current and relevant information about practices that will improve and enhance education opportunities for children with disabilities throughout the nation. We appreciate the time you commit and the work you do every day to improve the academic achievement of students with disabilities and hope you find these materials useful in advancing achievement through strong accountability and assessments for all students.
John H. Hager
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services U.S. Department of Education
Ron Vederman, Ed. D.
Director of Organizational Development
1133 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
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