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The following are stories about ICI's work, staff, and resources that recently appeared in media.

Vermont Questions Price Hike for Common-Core Aligned Alternate Test
(September 23, 2016)
The board that oversees Dynamic Learning Maps, a testing and instructional system for students with severe cognitive disabilities, is raising the test's price from $39 to $459 per student in Vermont – a move that may prompt the state to work with another test provider. ...
Education Week

UCP Releases 2016 Case for Inclusion Report
(September 20, 2016)
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) released the 2016 Case for Inclusion today, an annual report and interactive website used to track state-by-state community living standards for Americans living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). ...
United Cerebral Palsy

Reducing chronic school absenteeism should be high on school and community priority lists
(September 18, 2016)
It’s been said democracy belongs to those who show up. The same holds for education — if you regularly miss class, it’s harder to learn. That’s why discouraging data on chronic absenteeism in American schools demand action. ...
Star Tribune

Baltimore policy a national model in special education
(September 17, 2016)
Stop the presses and hold the tweets: The beleaguered Baltimore city school system is an acclaimed national model in special education. The spotlight is shining on its first-in-the-nation reform policy to fulfill the academic and civil rights of students with disabilities. ...
The Baltimore Sun

2015-16 High School Assessment Accommodations Policies
(September 7, 2016)
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has published a report, 2015-16 High School Assessment Accommodations Policies: An Analysis of ACT, SAT, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced (PDF). This report provides a snapshot of how accommodations for students with disabilities and English learners were included in policies for standardized high school tests such as the ACT and SAT. These exams are often used to measure whether graduating students are college- and career-ready. The exams are also used in state assessments for accountability.
NARIC News and Notes

MN UCEDD Partners with State to Increase Graduation of Black and American Indian Students with Disabilities
(September 2, 2016)
The Check & Connect program of the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) has received a five-year, $750,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for a new project, "Using Check & Connect to Improve Graduation Rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian Students with Disabilities." Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention developed at the Institute that is designed to enhance student engagement in school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12. In this project, Check & Connect will serve as a targeted or intensive intervention that will complement MDE's Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), coordinating and collaborating with existing practices and supports such as response to intervention (RtI) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). The project goal is to ensure a comprehensive approach that leads to increasing graduation rates for Black and American Indian students with disabilities in four Minnesota school districts: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Osseo. "We look forward to the benefits that African American and American Indian students with disabilities will experience both academically and socially working closely with Check & Connect mentors in these four districts," says project director Jean Echternacht.
AUCD 360

Self-Advocacy Online
(September 2016)
Self-Advocacy Online is a project of the Research and Training Center on Community Living at The University of Minnesota and The Arc. It provides links to self-advocacy groups, includes stories from self-advocates and provides self-advocacy news and resources.
UCEDD Resource Center

Minnesota scrambles to act on new rules about pay for disabled workers
(August 17, 2016)
After years of deliberation, state workforce regulators are preparing to enforce tough new limits on paying people with disabilities less than the minimum wage, a practice that has long been decried by civil rights advocates as discriminatory. …
Star Tribune

Research explores autism prevalence among children
(July 28, 2016)
How common is autism spectrum disorder among children? Recent studies show that’s a complex question, and the answer can vary significantly by variables such as geographic location, race and cultural group. …

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