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 SettingsAdditional Disability Data Collected by StatesAddressing Response to Intervention within Personnel Preparation Programs: Six ApproachesAlternative Education A Brief History and Research SynthesisAlternative Routes to Certification for Special EducatorsAlternative Schools and Students with DisabilitiesAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Students with DisabilitiesAutism Endorsements: State ApproachesAutism Spectrum Disorders: State Part C & Part B Initiatives to Serve a Growing PopulationAutism: Challenges Relating to Secondary TransitionBiennial Performance Reports: Disproportionality.Biennial Performance Reports: Goals and IndicatorsBlindness and Visual Impairment: State Infrastructures and ProgramsBraille InstructionBureau of Indian Affairs and State Education Agencies: Roles and Responsibilities in Implementing IDEACaseload/Class Size in Special EducationCharter Schools: Research on Special Education - Proceedings DocumentChild and Family Outcome Measures for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with DisabilitiesChildren Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing: State of the Educational PracticesCollaborative Partnerships Between SEAs and Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs)Compensatory Education in Special EducationCoordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS): Policy ForumCoordinated Early Intervening Services: Programs in Local Education Agencies that are Required to Reserve IDEA FundsCross-cutting Teams in State Education AgenciesDeaf and Hard of Hearing: State Infrastructures and ProgramsDeaf-Blind Child Counts: Issues and ChallengesDescribing and Documenting School Discipline - Proceedings DocumentDeterminations of LEA Compliance with IDEA: Strategies and Resources Used by StatesDevelopmental Delay: Review of Research and Future Directions - Proceedings DocumentDiploma Options for Students with Disabilities: Synthesis of NCEO DocumentDisability Categories: Relation of State Terms and Eligibility Criteria to the Proportion of Children Receiving Special Education ServicesDisability Categories: State Terminology, Definitions & EligibilityDispute Resolution - A Review of Systems in Selected StatesDue Process Hearings: 2001 UpdateEarly Childhood Mental Health Services: Four State Case StudiesEDFacts: Special Education in the New National Education Data SystemEducating Children with Disabilities Who are HomelessEducational Interpreter for Students who are Deaf and Hard of HearingEducational Service Agencies: Their Role in Special EducationEnglish Language Learners (ELL) with DisabilitiesEnglish Language Learners with Disabilities: Identification and Other State Policies and IssuesExtended School Year - State Regulations and PoliciesFacts that Make an ImpactFamily Involvement and Family Perceptions/Satisfaction: SEA Data CollectionFederal Disability Terms: A Review of State UseFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Several State InitiativesFinancial Responsibility for Students with Disabilities: A Special CaseFinancing Special Education: State Funding FormulasFoster Care and Children with DisabilitiesFunding Formula and Fiscal Provisions for Part B: A Policy AnalysisGender and Special Education Data: Current State CollectionGraduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Policy RecommendationsGrowth Models and Students with Disabilities: Report of State InterviewsHigh Quality Inclusion Opportunities for Preschool-Age Children with DisabilitiesHigh School Reform: Integration of Special EducationHighly Mobile Children and Youth with Disabilities: Policies and Practices in Five StatesHighly Qualified Teachers and Special Education: Several State ApproachesHome Schooling Students With Disabilities - A Policy AnalysisHomeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: RecommendationsHomelessness and Students with Disabilities: Educational Rights and ChallengesHOUSSE: State Approaches to Supporting Special Educators to Become “Highly Qualified”Implications of the CAPTA Requirement for Referrals from Child Welfare to Part CIncreasing the Participation of Special Needs Students in NAEPIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Monitoring and Reporting Tool Development - Policy ForumINTASC Principles: How They are Addressed by Five Specialty Program Association StandardsInvolvement of Lay Advocates in Due Process HearingsInvolvement of Youth with Disabilities in State-Level Decision MakingJuvenile Justice and Students with Disabilities: Profiles of Several State InitiativesJuvenile Justice and Students with Disabilities: State Infrastructure and InitiativesLanguage Development in Children Who Are Deaf: A Research SynthesisMedicaid: Parent Consent IssuesMedically Fragile: State Policies and ProceduresMentoring Programs for Special Education Teachers: State ApproachesMonitoring the Implementations of IDEA - Proceedings of the 2002 National Monitoring ConferenceNational Longitudinal Transition Study-2: A Synthesis of Three NLTS2 Reports on Going to School, Youth Achievements and Services and SupportsNeuroscience and Special EducationNon-Public Placements: State Policies and ProceduresOptional IDEA Alternative Dispute ResolutionPaperwork in Special Education: Survey FindingsParent Centers and State Education Agencies: Collaborative ModelsParent Participation in State MonitoringParentally Placed Private School Students with DisabilitiesPart C Monitoring Systems in 10 StatesPart C Service Coordination: State Policies and ModelsPart C Technical Assistance: State ApproachesPart C Underserved Populations: State Outreach EffortsPerformance Goals and Indicators for Special EducationPerformance-based Compensation: Focus on Special Education TeachersPersonnel to Support the Education of Children and Youth with DeafblindnessPrekindergarten Special Education Classes in U.S. Public SchoolsPreparation for Postsecondary Life for Students with DisabilitiesPrincipal Preparedness to Support Students with Disabilities and Other Diverse Learners: A Policy Forum Proceedings DocumentProject Forum’s Policy Forum on Response to Intervention and Early Intervening ServicesPublic and Parent Reporting Requirements: NCLB and IDEA RegulationsPublicly Placed Private School Students with Disabilities: Issue and RecommendationsReading First and Special Education: Examples of State-Level CollaborationReading First Programs: An OverviewRecent Changes in State Special Education Part B Monitoring SystemsRecruiting and Retaining Qualified Special Education Personnel: Approaches from Eight State Education AgenciesRecruitment, Hiring, Training and Retention for Preschool Students with Disabilities: State ApproachesReentry Programs for Students with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: Four State ApproachesRelated Services Data Collected by StatesReporting on State Assessment Data for Students with Disabilities: Synthesis of the 2007 NCEO ReportResolution Meetings: Supports and PracticesResponse to Intervention and Early Intervening Services Policy Forum PresentationResponse to Intervention as it Relates to Early Intervening Services: RecommendationsResponse to Intervention: Select State ProgramsRetention and Attrition of Local Special Education DirectorsRevocation of Parental Consent: State ApproachesRisk Pools: State ApproachesScaling Up: Experiences of State Departments of Special EducationSchool Mental Health Services in the United StatesSchool Mental Health/Positive Behavioral Support: Collaborative State InitiativesSchool-based Medicaid for Children with DisabilitiesSEELS: Outcomes of Elementary and Middle School Students with DisabilitiesSelected State Strategies for Addressing Personnel Shortages in the Area of Visual ImpairmentsServing Students with Disabilities in State-level Virtual K-12 Public School ProgramsSLIIDEA: Increasing Involvement of Parents of Children with DisabilitiesSLIIDEA: Placing and Serving Children with Disabilities in the LRESLIIDEA: Positive Approaches for Addressing Behavioral IssuesSpecial Education Data Reporting to the PublicSpecial Education PaperworkSpecial Education Value-Added Performance Evaluation Systems: A State-level FocusSpecial Education Vouchers: Four State ApproachesSpecific Learning Disability: Current Approaches to Identification and Proposals for ChangeStaffing Patterns of Five State Special Education UnitsStandards-Based IEPs: Implementation in Selected StatesStandards-Based IEPs: Implementation UpdateStandards-Based Individualized Education Program ExamplesState Approaches to Serving Students with Autism Spectrum DisordersState Criteria for Determining DisproportionalityState Definitions of Significant DisproportionalityState Efforts to Meet the Early Childhood Transition Requirements of IDEAState Eligibility Requirements for Specific Learning DisabilitiesState Level Initiatives Related to Training and Supervision of ParaeducatorsState Longitudinal Data Systems for Tracking Outcomes for Students with Disabilities through Postsecondary ActivitiesState Special Education Advisory Panel BudgetsState Special Education Advisory Panels: Changes Since the Passage of the 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education ActState Special Education FormsState Support of Education-Related Assistive TechnologyState Technical Assistance Initiatives for IDEA Part B ProgramsState Tracking to Measure Student Progress Toward IEP GoalsState-level Approaches to Co-TeachingState-Level Efforts to Recruit and Retain Qualified Special Education Personnel Including Related Service ProvidersStatewide Behavior InitiativesStatewide Behavior Initiatives: Literature Review and Survey ResultsStatewide Behavior InitiativesStudent Discipline and IDEA: Synthesis of GAO ReportStudents with Disabilities in State Assessments: The NCEO State ReportsSubgroup Size: Confidentiality and Statistical ReliabilitySummary of PerformanceSuperintendent Leadership: Promoting General and Special Education CollaborationSupplemental Educational Services Under NCLB: State Implementation for Students with DisabilitiesSupply and Demand of Special Education ProfessionalsSurrogate Parents and Children with Disabilities: State-level ApproachesSynthesis of Two Reports on Critical Issues for Special Education in Charter SchoolsTapping Medicaid FundsTeacher Quality: Selected Issues of ImportanceThe Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Achievement Standards: An Initial Review of State ImplementationThe Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. ConstitutionThe IEP: A Synthesis of Current Literature Since 1997The Juvenile Justice System and Youths with DisabilitiesThe Linkage of the IEP to the General Education CurriculumThe National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS): Child and Family Outcomes at 36 MonthsThe National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS): State Implementation UpdateThe National State Policy DatabaseThe Special Education Expenditure Project (SEEP): Synthesis of Findings and Policy ImplicationsTraumatic Brain InjuryUnified Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Certification: State ApproachesUnique Student IdentifiersUniversal Design for Learning: Four State InitiativesUniversal Design for Learning: Implementation in Six Local Education AgenciesUniversal Design for Learning: Policy Challenges and RecommendationsUsing Unique Identifiers to Promote Data Sharing Between Part C and Part BVirtual K-12 Public School Programs and Students with Disabilities: Issues and Recommendations: A Policy Proceedings DocumentVirtual Personnel Preparation Programs for Special Educators: Several ApproachesVirtual Schools and Students with DisabilitiesWhole Class Strategies for Reading Instruction and Students with DisabilitiesWorkforce Preparation to Serve Children Who Receive Part C Services