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Experts express concern about proposed definition of high-quality reading instruction

Words matter.  State education leaders have grappled over the right words to define “high quality reading instruction” for more than...

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State looking to change policy for students with specific learning disabilities

The policy for identifying and evaluating students for special services through the state’s special education program may change when the...

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Mapping Read To Achieve: How did districts fare last year?

Just before COVID-19 building closures and remote learning began, the Department of Public Instruction released reading proficiency data from last...

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Exceptional Children: Will North Carolina seek flexibility with special education laws?

The U.S. Department of Education is not recommending that Congress waive any material provision of laws aimed at protecting students...

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How one district tackled delivering special education services remotely

When the COVID-19 school closure announcement reached Cleveland County Schools, it felt abrupt. Everyone was at school Friday, March 13....

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Special education teachers in this district prioritized relationships and found a ‘blessing in disguise’

Nevaeh Simpson has a generous smile, the ear-to-ear kind that lights up a room. The ninth grader at North Shelby...

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Everyone will be learning differently for a while — but what about students with learning differences?

Sherry Thomas is working long hours as she moves from conference calls to strategy meetings to webinars to emails to...

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Talking reading and policy with President Pro Tem Senator Phil Berger

Editor’s Note: Alex Granados and Mebane Rash edited this interview for length, clarity, and keeping it to policy. I’d like...

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This reading skill may not sound exciting, but is it the ‘missing piece’?

This is an article about phonemic proficiency. Don’t click away to that post on Three Ways to Fix Reading Scores Instantly just...

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Report shows slight decrease in dropouts and mixed results for pilot raising dropout age

The State Board of Education heard findings this week from an annual report on statewide dropout data and also received...

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Leandro | School turnaround is vital to educating all kids. How does it happen?

The Boston Thurmond neighborhood, located a couple of blocks north of downtown Winston-Salem, is a predominantly black community and one...

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State Board questions suspension report as incomplete and inequitable

A State Board report to the General Assembly on crime and discipline in public schools shows fewer North Carolina students...