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Recommended Links

For Policymakers

The following are recomended links for policymakers. Click on the name below to go to the organization's web site.

National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota

Provides national leadership in the participation of students with disabilities and limited English proficient (LEP) students in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements.

National Center on Student Progress Monitoring

The National Center on Student Progress Monitoring is dedicated to the implementation of scientifically-based student progress monitoring for grades K-5. The Center works to provide technical assistance to states and districts and disseminate information about student progress monitoring practices proven to work in different academic content areas. The National Center on Student Progress Monitoring is a technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities

NICHCY provides information to the nation on: disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; IDEA, the nation's special education law; No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.

National Education Association

Founded in 1857 in Philadelphia and now headquartered in Washington, D.C., NEA proudly claims more than 2.5 million members who work at every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs. At the national level, NEA's work ranges from coordinating innovative projects to restructuring how learning takes place to fighting congressional attempts to privatize public education.

National Governors' Association

The NGA Center for Best Practices supports governors in their efforts to improve education by providing technical assistance, policy analysis and reports, and information on best practices.

National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

The NICHD conducts and supports laboratory, clinical and epidemiological research on the reproductive, neurobiologic, developmental, and behavioral processes that determine and maintain the health of children, adults, families and populations.

National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)

NIFL was created by the National Literacy Act of 1991, when a bipartisan Congressional coalition acted on the literacy field's request for a federal office focused solely on literacy. The Institute serves as a focal point for public and private activities that support the development of high-quality regional, state, and national literacy services.

National Research Center on Learning Disabilities

The National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD) conducts research on the identification of learning disabilities, formulates implementation recommendations, disseminates findings, and provides technical assistance to national, state, and local constituencies.

National Staff Development Council

The Council's fundamental purpose is to address the issues confronted by all participants in the reform process. The Council views high quality staff development programs as essential to creating schools in which all students and staff members are learners who continually improve their performance.

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory

The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory is a wholly owned subsidiary of Learning Point Associates. As a member of the Regional Educational Laboratory Network, NCREL is dedicated to providing high-quality, research-based resources to educators and policymakers in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Northwest ADA/IT Center

Working together with designated state affiliates and partners in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, NWADA provides technical assistance, training, and dissemination of information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and accessible education-based information technology.

Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory provides research and development assistance to education, government, community, business, and labor agencies. NWREL's primary service area is the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that serves the educational community in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands, the continental United States, and countries throughout the world. PREL bridges the gap between research, theory, and practice in education and works collaboratively with schools and school systems to provide services that range from curriculum development to assessment and evaluation.

Partners for Inclusive Communities, University of Arkansas

Formerly known as the University Affiliated Program, we are Arkansas' University Center on Disabilities.

PRIMERS

The Primers provide background information and resources to facilitate the successful inclusion of students with disabilities in charter schools.

Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers

The website provides publications, resources, workshop and training curricula, and a calendar of events for parents of children with disabilities.

U.S. Department of Education

The mission of the U. S. Department of Education is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence for all Americans. The Department WebSite includes information on funding, research, publications, and programs.

U.S. Department of Education: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education strives to promote academic excellence, enhance educational opportunities and equity for all of America's children and families, and to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial support.

U.S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is a component of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), which is one of the principal components of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). OSEP's mission and organization focus on the free, appropriate public education of children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21. OSEP is a major funder of Reading Rockets.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

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