Special Education: Key Issues and Future Outlook
EdNET Insight Report
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Special education in the United States is undergoing significant change—representing both opportunities and challenges for educators and administrators as well as for publishers, technology providers, and the many others who provide materials and devices for the K-12 market.
This report, Special Education Overview: Key Issues and Future Outlook, reviews the background of special education in American schools, provides a profile of current practices and issues, and discusses various innovations that have the potential to significantly improve teaching and learning for students with disabilities. The report also describes some of the challenges facing special education—including the increasing population of special education students, and relatively soft outlook for corresponding increases in funding.
Much of the data included in this 43-page report comes from the responses of special education teachers and administrators about their special education programs during a survey conducted in June 2014 by MDR’s EdNET Insight market research group.
Topics covered include:
- Program funding and student populations served
- Decision-making process for purchases of products used with special needs students
- Usage of various technologies and other instructional materials
- Issues and concerns voiced by special education teachers and administrators
This new report describes some of the exciting products on the horizon that will help students achieve higher levels of success and demonstrates the potential for continuing innovations and enhanced accessibility. The report was written by Ann Watson, Senior EdNET Insight Analyst and former special education teacher.
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