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With the growing use of high-stakes tests, the American Educational Research Association is recommending that school district leaders and policy makers take a close look at the organization's guidelines before linking school reform to test scores. The guidelines are AERA's effort to prevent such tests from harming students. Included: A summary of the guidelines for using high-stakes tests. The governing board of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently issued school district leaders and policy makers guidelines about high-stakes tests. In a statement, the organization acknowledges that although policy makers generally institute high-stakes tests with the good intention of improving education, they need to carefully evaluate the tests' potential to cause serious harm. The AERA guidelines suggest the following possible negative outcomes as a result of high-stakes tests: Students may be placed at increased risk of educational failure and dropping out.
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Disability Categories Covered in the Disability Resources section include: Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder Although not a specific IDEA category, children with ADHD can receive special education, often times under the classification of Other Health Impairment or due to the fact that they also have a Specific Learning Disability.
This is a general outline to follow, step by step, to advocate in the U.S. education system for the child who has or may have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE), collectively referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Before an actual IEP is written up, there are several actions to take in preparation for that step. I. Gather Information. When asking for services for children with FASD, some school personnel may view the problems as ordinary behavior problems due to poor parenting, and may perceive the child as "lazy" and the parents as either "too lenient" or "overprotective."