New CD Released: Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing StudentsWith Disabilities: Parents' Materials"John H. Hager, assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education, is pleased to share with you an important message abouta newly released CD, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities: Parents' Materials.
I am pleased to announce the release of a CD version of the ToolKit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities: Parents' Materials designed to assist parents and states in their effortsto work together to raise the achievement of all students with disabilities.The Parent Tool Kit compiles materials identified to augment the previously released CD, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities, and offers a collection of resources on the same substantive areas addressed, including assessment, instructional practices, behavior and accommodations. These new documents were written specifically for parents and include information they need as they work with schools to ensure thattheir children are receiving a quality education. Materials included in the new Parent Tool Kit provide information that willhelp them become active and informed participants in IEP discussions and other decision-making meetings that support students with disabilities and their families.
To encourage broad dissemination of these materials, we havelaunched a new Web site, www.osepideasthatwork.org/index.asp,which includes the materials in the Parent Tool Kit. The website will continue to be updated with additional materials as they become available.This Parent Tool Kit is an example of the Department of Education's ongoing commitment to ensuring that states, local school districts, schools and families have the most current and relevant information about practices that will improve and enhance education opportunities for children with disabilities throughout the nation. We appreciate the time you commit and the work you doevery day to improve the academic achievement of students with disabilities and hope you find these materials useful in advancing achievement through strong accountability and assessments for all students.
John H. Hager
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education