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ASHA Submits Comments to ED on NCLB Proposed Rules

ASHA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education in response to its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would make changes to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, including requirements for a uniform formula to calculate high school graduation rates, improved parental notification for Supplemental Education Services (SES), and public school choice. The notice appeared in the April 23, 2008 Federal Register, and public comments on the proposal were due by June 23, 2008. The proposed regulations affect students with communication disorders and audiologists and speech-language pathologists who provide services to these students.

ASHA supports the proposed changes in Sec.200.2 of the NPRM that clarify that districts will have the option of using multiple measures in the assessment process. ASHA also supports the proposed changes on supplemental educational service and public school choice in Sec.200.39. Finally, ASHA supports the integration of a growth model option in Sec. 200.20 that incorporates student academic growth in the state's definition of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For students with disabilities it is critical for assessment to be conducted in consideration of the baseline ability of a student and of progress made on IEP goals. Members can access the full text of ASHA's comment letter on the NCLB section of ASHA's Web site. For further information, please contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's Director of Education and Regulatory Advocacy, via e-mail at cclarke@asha.orgor by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.

Taken from www.asha.org/about/legislation-advocacy/.

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