Project Forum

NASDSE’s staff works on a number of short and long term projects – some funded by the U.S. Department of Education and others funded by NASDSE itself. NASDSE only takes on projects that the Board of Directors deems appropriate and are directly related to serving its members and the special education community in general as well as supporting NASDSE’s mission to promote a performance-based educational system responsive to the needs of all children and youth, including those with disabilities.  NASDSE’s projects help support the NASDSE vision of families and community members engaged with capable, well-prepared professional and paraprofessional educators as full partners in the educational process. Schools and early childhood environments are places within which diversity is encouraged and appreciated.

To learn more about any of NASDSE’s projects, click on the projects in this section.

Project Forum was a federally funded project at NASDSE for nearly 30 years that ended at the end of December, 2012. The project identified information needed to improve the management, administration, delivery and effectiveness of education programs and services, and promoted utilization of research data and other information for improving outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Project Forum provided information on emerging issues, studied critical issues and convened small work groups to gather expert input related to specific topics.

NASDSE's Project Forum website has been taken down. All documents that were formally on that website can be found on this page as well as by going to the Publications page link on our Home page.

Accountability for Students in Out-of-District Settings

Additional Disability Data Collected by States

Addressing Response to Intervention within Personnel Preparation Programs: Six Approaches

Alternative Education A Brief History and Research Synthesis

Alternative Routes to Certification for Special Educators

Alternative Schools and Students with Disabilities

American Indian and Alaska Native Students with Disabilities

Autism Endorsements: State Approaches

Autism Spectrum Disorders: State Part C & Part B Initiatives to Serve a Growing Population

Autism: Challenges Relating to Secondary Transition

Biennial Performance Reports: Disproportionality.

Biennial Performance Reports: Goals and Indicators

Blindness and Visual Impairment: State Infrastructures and Programs

Braille Instruction

Bureau of Indian Affairs and State Education Agencies: Roles and Responsibilities in Implementing IDEA

Caseload/Class Size in Special Education

Charter Schools: Research on Special Education - Proceedings Document

Child and Family Outcome Measures for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Disabilities

Children Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing: State of the Educational Practices

Collaborative Partnerships Between SEAs and Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs)

Compensatory Education in Special Education

Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS): Policy Forum

Coordinated Early Intervening Services: Programs in Local Education Agencies that are Required to Reserve IDEA Funds

Cross-cutting Teams in State Education Agencies

Deaf and Hard of Hearing: State Infrastructures and Programs

Deaf-Blind Child Counts: Issues and Challenges

Describing and Documenting School Discipline - Proceedings Document

Determinations of LEA Compliance with IDEA: Strategies and Resources Used by States

Developmental Delay: Review of Research and Future Directions - Proceedings Document

Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities: Synthesis of NCEO Document

Disability Categories: Relation of State Terms and Eligibility Criteria to the Proportion of Children Receiving Special Education Services

Disability Categories: State Terminology, Definitions & Eligibility

Dispute Resolution - A Review of Systems in Selected States

Due Process Hearings: 2001 Update

Early Childhood Mental Health Services: Four State Case Studies

EDFacts: Special Education in the New National Education Data System

Educating Children with Disabilities Who are Homeless

Educational Interpreter for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Educational Service Agencies: Their Role in Special Education

English Language Learners (ELL) with Disabilities

English Language Learners with Disabilities: Identification and Other State Policies and Issues

Extended School Year - State Regulations and Policies

Facts that Make an Impact

Family Involvement and Family Perceptions/Satisfaction: SEA Data Collection

Federal Disability Terms: A Review of State Use

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Several State Initiatives

Financial Responsibility for Students with Disabilities: A Special Case

Financing Special Education: State Funding Formulas

Foster Care and Children with Disabilities

Funding Formula and Fiscal Provisions for Part B: A Policy Analysis

Gender and Special Education Data: Current State Collection

Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Policy Recommendations

Growth Models and Students with Disabilities: Report of State Interviews

High Quality Inclusion Opportunities for Preschool-Age Children with Disabilities

High School Reform: Integration of Special Education

Highly Mobile Children and Youth with Disabilities: Policies and Practices in Five States

Highly Qualified Teachers and Special Education: Several State Approaches

Home Schooling Students With Disabilities - A Policy Analysis

Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations

Homelessness and Students with Disabilities: Educational Rights and Challenges

HOUSSE: State Approaches to Supporting Special Educators to Become “Highly Qualified”

Implications of the CAPTA Requirement for Referrals from Child Welfare to Part C

Increasing the Participation of Special Needs Students in NAEP

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Monitoring and Reporting Tool Development - Policy Forum

INTASC Principles: How They are Addressed by Five Specialty Program Association Standards

Involvement of Lay Advocates in Due Process Hearings

Involvement of Youth with Disabilities in State-Level Decision Making

Juvenile Justice and Students with Disabilities: Profiles of Several State Initiatives

Juvenile Justice and Students with Disabilities: State Infrastructure and Initiatives

Language Development in Children Who Are Deaf: A Research Synthesis

Medicaid: Parent Consent Issues

Medically Fragile: State Policies and Procedures

Mentoring Programs for Special Education Teachers: State Approaches

Monitoring the Implementations of IDEA - Proceedings of the 2002 National Monitoring Conference

National Longitudinal Transition Study-2: A Synthesis of Three NLTS2 Reports on Going to School, Youth Achievements and Services and Supports

Neuroscience and Special Education

Non-Public Placements: State Policies and Procedures

Optional IDEA Alternative Dispute Resolution

Paperwork in Special Education: Survey Findings

Parent Centers and State Education Agencies: Collaborative Models

Parent Participation in State Monitoring

Parentally Placed Private School Students with Disabilities

Part C Monitoring Systems in 10 States

Part C Service Coordination: State Policies and Models

Part C Technical Assistance: State Approaches

Part C Underserved Populations: State Outreach Efforts

Performance Goals and Indicators for Special Education

Performance-based Compensation: Focus on Special Education Teachers

Personnel to Support the Education of Children and Youth with Deafblindness

Prekindergarten Special Education Classes in U.S. Public Schools

Preparation for Postsecondary Life for Students with Disabilities

Principal Preparedness to Support Students with Disabilities and Other Diverse Learners: A Policy Forum Proceedings Document

Project Forum’s Policy Forum on Response to Intervention and Early Intervening Services

Public and Parent Reporting Requirements: NCLB and IDEA Regulations

Publicly Placed Private School Students with Disabilities: Issue and Recommendations

Reading First and Special Education: Examples of State-Level Collaboration

Reading First Programs: An Overview

Recent Changes in State Special Education Part B Monitoring Systems

Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Special Education Personnel: Approaches from Eight State Education Agencies

Recruitment, Hiring, Training and Retention for Preschool Students with Disabilities: State Approaches

Reentry Programs for Students with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: Four State Approaches

Related Services Data Collected by States

Reporting on State Assessment Data for Students with Disabilities: Synthesis of the 2007 NCEO Report

Resolution Meetings: Supports and Practices

Response to Intervention and Early Intervening Services Policy Forum Presentation

Response to Intervention as it Relates to Early Intervening Services: Recommendations

Response to Intervention: Select State Programs

Retention and Attrition of Local Special Education Directors

Revocation of Parental Consent: State Approaches

Risk Pools: State Approaches

Scaling Up: Experiences of State Departments of Special Education

School Mental Health Services in the United States

School Mental Health/Positive Behavioral Support: Collaborative State Initiatives

School-based Medicaid for Children with Disabilities

SEELS: Outcomes of Elementary and Middle School Students with Disabilities

Selected State Strategies for Addressing Personnel Shortages in the Area of Visual Impairments

Serving Students with Disabilities in State-level Virtual K-12 Public School Programs

SLIIDEA: Increasing Involvement of Parents of Children with Disabilities

SLIIDEA: Placing and Serving Children with Disabilities in the LRE

SLIIDEA: Positive Approaches for Addressing Behavioral Issues

Special Education Data Reporting to the Public

Special Education Paperwork

Special Education Value-Added Performance Evaluation Systems: A State-level Focus

Special Education Vouchers: Four State Approaches

Specific Learning Disability: Current Approaches to Identification and Proposals for Change

Staffing Patterns of Five State Special Education Units

Standards-Based IEPs: Implementation in Selected States

Standards-Based IEPs: Implementation Update

Standards-Based Individualized Education Program Examples

State Approaches to Serving Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

State Criteria for Determining Disproportionality

State Definitions of Significant Disproportionality

State Efforts to Meet the Early Childhood Transition Requirements of IDEA

State Eligibility Requirements for Specific Learning Disabilities

State Level Initiatives Related to Training and Supervision of Paraeducators

State Longitudinal Data Systems for Tracking Outcomes for Students with Disabilities through Postsecondary Activities

State Special Education Advisory Panel Budgets

State Special Education Advisory Panels: Changes Since the Passage of the 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

State Special Education Forms

State Support of Education-Related Assistive Technology

State Technical Assistance Initiatives for IDEA Part B Programs

State Tracking to Measure Student Progress Toward IEP Goals

State-level Approaches to Co-Teaching

State-Level Efforts to Recruit and Retain Qualified Special Education Personnel Including Related Service Providers

Statewide Behavior Initiatives

Statewide Behavior Initiatives: Literature Review and Survey Results

Statewide Behavior Initiatives

Student Discipline and IDEA: Synthesis of GAO Report

Students with Disabilities in State Assessments: The NCEO State Reports

Subgroup Size: Confidentiality and Statistical Reliability

Summary of Performance

Superintendent Leadership: Promoting General and Special Education Collaboration

Supplemental Educational Services Under NCLB: State Implementation for Students with Disabilities

Supply and Demand of Special Education Professionals

Surrogate Parents and Children with Disabilities: State-level Approaches

Synthesis of Two Reports on Critical Issues for Special Education in Charter Schools

Tapping Medicaid Funds

Teacher Quality: Selected Issues of Importance

The Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Achievement Standards: An Initial Review of State Implementation

The Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The IEP: A Synthesis of Current Literature Since 1997

The Juvenile Justice System and Youths with Disabilities

The Linkage of the IEP to the General Education Curriculum

The National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS): Child and Family Outcomes at 36 Months

The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS): State Implementation Update

The National State Policy Database

The Special Education Expenditure Project (SEEP): Synthesis of Findings and Policy Implications

Traumatic Brain Injury

Unified Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Certification: State Approaches

Unique Student Identifiers

Universal Design for Learning: Four State Initiatives

Universal Design for Learning: Implementation in Six Local Education Agencies

Universal Design for Learning: Policy Challenges and Recommendations

Using Unique Identifiers to Promote Data Sharing Between Part C and Part B

Virtual K-12 Public School Programs and Students with Disabilities: Issues and Recommendations: A Policy Proceedings Document

Virtual Personnel Preparation Programs for Special Educators: Several Approaches

Virtual Schools and Students with Disabilities

Whole Class Strategies for Reading Instruction and Students with Disabilities

Workforce Preparation to Serve Children Who Receive Part C Services