The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact. NCLD’s goal in providing Core Principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind) is to help guide the discussions related to students most at-risk for being identified with LD and those already identified and receiving services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Where We Stand
Congress and the Obama Administration rely on us to help them understand how their decisions will impact students with learning disabilities (LD). Learn how our policy work makes a difference and what is we consider to be crucial when it comes to promoting and strengthening policies that support individuals with LD.
Where We Stand
Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) Recommendation for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)There is tremendous momentum nationwide to develop systemic intervention models for both behavior and academics targeting those students most at risk. Congress should build on this momentum and make explicit in ESEA that the coordination of funds between Title I and IDEA is allowable and encouraged to both train teachers and provide multi-tier instruction and support to students.
Students with disabilities (those covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) must be provided the appropriate accommodations necessary to participate in the state and district assessments as required for reading and math under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Accommodations are tools and procedures that provide equal access to instruction and assessment for students with disabilities. They are provided to “level the playing field.” Without the right accommodations, students with disabilities may not be able to access grade level instruction and have every opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in state and district assessments.
High School Graduation Policy Recommendation for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)A high school diploma is increasingly essential for success in the 21st century economy. Nearly 90% of the fastest-growing, highest-paying jobs require some sort of education beyond high school. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all students with disabilities to have a transition plan that includes effective transition services to promote successful post-school employment or education.
Effective Teachers Policy Recommendation for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)Second only to parents, teachers are the single most influential agents of change in a child’s life. Their understanding and mastery of pedagogy and subject matter, together with their ability to apply effective teaching practices, are the keys to learning for all students.
Charter School Recommendation for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)Charter schools are designed to offer choice and opportunity for students within the public school system. Many of these schools are highly desirable for parents of students with disabilities because of the special curriculum, individualized instruction, and inclusive approach of teaching all students, including those with learning disabilities (LD).
New accountability provisions may be included in the ESEA to hold schools, districts, and states accountable for the academic progress of students. However, some proposals have sought to carve students with learning disabilities (LD) out of this framework altogether or create separate accountability measures or standards for these students. Because high school graduation is the ultimate goal for all students with LD, ESEA must assure that the outcomes for students with learning disabilities is as important as any other group of students—no exceptions.
NCLD provides key Policy Recommendations to hold schools, districts, and states accountable for the academic progress of students.
Download your FREE copy of NCLD's Policy Recommendation: Accountability [PDF, 0.3MB].
Assessment Policy RecommendationUnder federal law, all students—including students with disabilities—are required to be included in statewide assessment and accountability systems. Assessment provisions within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) were intended to focus increased levels of attention on whether students were proficient, as measured against state reading and math standards.
A high school diploma raises a worker’s average weekly earnings from $471 to $652. A diploma decreases average unemployment from 12.4 percent to 8.3 percent. Graduating from high school opens the doors to college and career success.
NCLD provides key Policy Recommendations to ensure that school vouchers don't limit the choices for students with learning disabilities and their families.
Download your FREE copy of NCLD's Policy Recommendation: Vouchers [PDF, 0.6MB].
NCLD provides key Policy Recommendations to ensure early learning opportunities for all children.
Download your FREE copy of NCLD's Policy Recommendation: Early Education [PDF, 0.3 MB].
A Loud Voice.NCLD speaks up about the issues that are important to the millions of children and adults with learning disabilities (LD). We work to make sure that federal lawmakers remember people with LD when drafting legislation. The policy work we do ensures that your collective voice is heard.
Federal funding supports workforce training, career and technical education, and postsecondary education opportunities for millions of Americans, including students and adults with learning disabilities. These programs provide information, resources, training and educational services designed to secure and improve employment opportunities as well as financial aid to attend an institution of higher education to pursue a certificate or degree. In total these programs create much of the network that individuals use to receive training and improve their educational skills with the goal of acquiring employment or improving their employment situation.