The job hunt is complicated enough for most high school and college graduates — and even tougher for the growing number of young people on the autism spectrum. Despite the obstacles that people with autism face trying to find work, there's a natural landing place: the tech industry.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law on Tuesday a measure that will give local school districts a role in determining whether the most profoundly disabled students have made enough progress to graduate from high school.
Christina Samuels -- Mary Washer, a profoundly disabled 17-year-old in Broken Arrow, Okla., has autism and encephalopathy, two disorders that leave her functioning at the cognitive level of a 16- to 18-month-old.
Like other students with disabilities in the state, Washer is required to pass "end of instruction" tests on four out of seven core content areas.
What accommodations will be provided for students with disabilities and those learning English on the new common assessments? You can get an early glimpse of what half the states are considering by looking at the draft accommodations policy that one of the two testing consortia—the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers—has released.
Lesli A. Maxwell -- The first of two groups of states working to design assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards today released its recommendations for the types of supports that can be used to help English-learners demonstrate their content knowledge and skills.
Christina Samuels -- The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers, which had released pieces of its proposed accommodations policy for students with disabilities, has now put out a full draft of its accommodations manual for public comment.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education did not violate the right of profoundly disabled students to get an equal education, the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights office concluded after an months-long investigation.
A high-stakes testing law may have put a high school diploma further out of reach for some of Oklahoma's most profoundly disabled students.
Tulsa area legislators have been trying to raise awareness about a disadvantage they believe was created unintentionally, but for the parents and educators of the oldest special needs students in public schools, legislative relief can't come soon enough.
Christina A. Samuels -- Champions of students with disabilities have long complained that those students are often an afterthought in state testing plans. Only after a test design is completed are educators asked to go back and adapt the questions for a student who is blind, who needs help accessing text or calculating numbers, or who must use a specialized device to register responses.
Lesli A. Maxwell -- A patchwork of testing accommodations is used in the nation's public schools to help students with disabilities and those still learning English show their command of academic content, just as their general education peers do.