Addressing the needs of our most diverse learners presents a tremendous opportunity with benefits for the entire education community. But teachers and administrators face common challenges: the burden of paperwork and data collection in service of a compliance culture, scarce time and resources, and a disparate understanding of how disability impacts learning.
Schools may spend countless hours on special education compliance and yet miss the mark in giving students with disabilities the academic and behavioral skills they need. Educators need a common framework that redefines success in special education to enable them to share and learn from one another in order to implement lasting change.
The Ability Challenge was launched to help schools develop the systems and processes necessary to deliver world-class special education programming. We provide schools with tools to help close the gap between compliance and quality, starting with the Dimensions of Special Education Quality, a framework for educators across all levels to help them quickly comprehend the true drivers of improved student outcomes.
13% of our nation’s students have disabilities, and many lag behind their non-disabled peers. Equality starts by honoring their needs – and helps advance education for all.