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The Latest News on Changes to NJ Statewide Assessments

Source:  NJ Department of Education
     On July 10, Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet and the NJDOE Assessment team released the assessment tour report and proposed regulations which will be presented to the State Board of Education tomorrow.
The proposed changes for State Board review include:
  • Streamlining graduation requirements by reducing the number of required tests in high school from six to two.
  • Ensuring that educators and parents receive test data in a timely manner.
  • Providing flexibility for first-year English learners on the English language proficiency test.
Additional changes not

Multi-Cultural/Lingual TV Shows on Developmental MIlestones in Young Children!

Interested in learning about developmental milestones in young children? 

Check out these TV shows representing eight (8) different cultures and languages at https://shriver.umassmed.edu/community-resources/cultural-resources/1-2-3-grow

 

 

 

SPAN Awarded Funding to Continue as NJ's Family to Family Health Information Center!

We are pleased to announce that SPAN received word today that we have been refunded to continue to serve as NJ's Family to Family Health Information Center! Excited to be able to inform and empower families of children and youth with special healthcare needs as leaders in their families, communities, our state, and nation! Check out our F2F resources at www.spanadvocacy.org/…/family-family-health-information-cen… and our Health Advocacy Toolkit at www.spanadvocacy.org/content/health-advocacy-toolkit.

ESSA, Chronic Absenteeism and Students with Disabilities

DC and 36 states, including New Jersey, will use chronic absenteeism as one of or the only metric for the Every Student Succeeds Act's new indicator of school quality or student success. Below are reports with new information on Chronic Absenteeism and students with disabilities written by our partners at the Advocacy Institute and the Center for Law and Education for the National Center on Educational Outcomes. It provides important information on both the promise and potential challenges this new accountability provision holds for students with disabilities.

  • Chronic Absenteeism and

ESSA, Chronic Absenteeism and Students with Disabilities

DC and 36 states, including New Jersey, will use chronic absenteeism as one of or the only metric for the Every Student Succeeds Act's new indicator of school quality or student success. Below are reports with new information on Chronic Absenteeism and students with disabilities written by our partners at the Advocacy Institute and the Center for Law and Education for the National Center on Educational Outcomes. It provides important information on both the promise and potential challenges this new accountability provision holds for students with disabilities.

  • Chronic Absenteeism and

Disparities in punishment of students with disabilities by race

Source: Harvard Law Today.  A new report providing the first state-by-state estimate of lost instruction due to discipline for black and white students with disabilities finds dramatic disparities in suspensions by race. The study, called “Disabling Punishment: The Need for Remedies to the Disparate Loss of Instruction Experience by Black Students with Disabilities,” was conducted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School (CHHI) and UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies at The Civil Rights Project.  See New Jersey's data and read more >>

SPAN Releases Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, FL

For Immediate Release 2/21/2019

SPAN has issued the following press statement on the latest school mass shooting:

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In the wake of the latest tragedy out of Florida, all at SPAN—each of us a parent, child, sibling, or friend—deeply mourn the February 14th murder of 17 students and teachers by a young man with legal access to a military-grade gun.  Seventeen people.  Fourteen children with dreams and promising futures.  Three coaches and teachers who cared deeply for their students and died protecting them.

SPAN Web-based resources for families

Here's a document with links to resources for families on some key topics, like: early intervention, special education (including parental rights, the evaluation and IEP process, transition to adult life, and dispute resolution mechanisms), health and healthcare (including mental health and health for children with special needs) and others that are available on the SPAN website at http://www.spanadvocacy.org/content/resources-span-website-ei-special-ed....

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SPAN Supports Immigrant Children and Families!

SPAN strongly supports ensuring the safety and protection and well-being of our state and nation's immigrants, whether or not they are documented.  We welcome all NJ families to our events and acttivities and services, regardless of race, ethnicity, language, disability, religion, marital status, age, and./or immigrant status.  We support all New Jersey communities becoming Sanctuary Cities!  And as members of  the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice (http://www.njimmigrantjustice.org/), we work to ensure access to services, support family unity, and develop policies and strategies that provide

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New Resource: Family Guide to Transition Services in NJ

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SPAN is pleased to provide you with this Family Guide to Transition Services in New Jersey. By providing one cohesive document on the transition process, services, and supports, we hope to make the journey easier for everyone. Transition can be a complicated time—this guide can answer your questions and can make transition a successful period for families and youth/young adults with disabilities.  

http://www.spanadvocacy.org/content/family-guide-to-transition-services-in-nj#overlay-context=search/node/family%2520guide%2520to%2520transition

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