January 20, 2017: For the past two years, NASDSE’s Board of Directors, with NASDSE member input, has been working on a set of principles for the reauthorization of IDEA. The Principles are now final. Please click here to review them. Your feedback is welcome – please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DECEMBER 28, 2016: At its December, 2016 meeting, the NASDSE Board adopted Government Relations priorities for 2017. Click here to see the list of priorities.
AUGUST 1, 2016: Today NASDSE submitted comments in response to proposed accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). NASDSE strongly believes that subgroups progress should be measured against the state goal for that subgroup, not other students. Moreover we believe school data should take the form of a dashboard of information for all students, not a summative rating. For more information on an implementation timeline, N-sizes, timeline for English Language Learners, high school graduation and other topics, please see our full set of comments here.
JULY 25, 2016: Today NASDSE submitted comments in response to a proposed pilot program on Pay for Success from the Department of Education. Generally speaking, NASDSE has serious concerns about Pay for Success programs that target reductions in referrals for special education as a successful outcome indicator. We remain concern that by setting such goals, children who need special education services may not be referred for them. Please click here to see our comments.
MAY 19, 2016: NASDSE submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on significant disproportionality. NASDSE solicited feedback from the Part B State Directors, the Part B data managers and the 619 Coordinators in developing our comments. Click here to read our comments.
MAY 19, 2016: NASDSE recently submitted comments in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) from the U.S. Department of Education regarding the evaluation of virtual teacher preparation programs. The NPRM was a subset of an NPRM published more than a year ago on the evaluation of all teacher preparation programs. Click here to read our comments.
MAY 19, 2016: NASDSE recently submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to ban the use of electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or agressive behavior. NASDSE supports the ban and urged the FDA to go further and ban the use of tasers in schools. Click here to read our letter.
JANUARY 12, 2016: NASDSE recently submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to a request for feedback on a draft paper on parent and family engagement. Click here to read our comments.
APRIL 14, 2015: NASDSE submitted a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today as the Committee begins to debate the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Click here to read the letter.
APRIL 3, 2014: NASDSE has written a letter to Rep. Kline, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Education and the Workforce Committee and Rep. George Miller, the ranking member of the Committee, in support of new, bipartisan charter school legislation introduced on April 1st. NASDSE is particularly pleased that this bill calls on charter schools to work to both enroll and retain students with disabilities. This legislation represents a bipartisan commitment to this issue. For a copy of the letter, click here.
FEBRUARY 5, 2014: At its January 30-31 Board of Directors Meeting, the NASDSE Board adopted a Government Relations Agenda for 2014. View the Agenda here.
OCTOBER 22, 2013: NASDSE recently submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on two important issues:
(1) The Department's proposed rescission of the use of and alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards (the '2%' assessment) and
(2) The Department's proposed strategic plan.
To view the letters, click here.
JULY 16, 2013: NASDSE's Letter Opposing H.R.5, the Student Success Act: NASDSE has written to all members of the House of Representatives opposing, H.R.5, the Student Success Act. Read our letter here.
JUNE 2011: With Congress beginning work on the reauthorization on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), NASDSE and the National Title 1 Association (NASTID) jointly released Recommendations for Improved Coordination Between Title 1 and IDEA. Congress has not completed its work ESEA and our document is still very relevant. Click here to download the document.