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					                                Special Education Research & Development: Supporting
                                Educational Excellence for Children and Youth with Disabilities

                                                                                           Minnesota State Profile
The developmental, academic, and lifelong success of the nation’s 7 million
children and youth with disabilities relies on innovative research and                The National Center for Special
development. Educators and parents alike depend on the availability of                Education Research Funded Projects in
evidence-based strategies to support early intervention and special educational       Minnesota:
needs of children with disabilities.
                                                                                           Currently, 2 NCSER grants are underway
Furthermore, to implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and              in various education institutions in
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind, educators are             Minnesota, totaling $3 Million.
required by law to utilize scientifically based strategies and interventions. NCSER
research provides educators with the tools needed to meet these requirements.              Since 2006, 3 grants have been
Without this research, the field does not improve and children and youth feel the          awarded to various education
impact.                                                                                    institutions totaling $9.7 Million.

SPECIAL EDUCATION RESEARCH: DRIVING INNOVATION                                        Education Institutions in Minnesota
                                                                                      Receiving NCSER Funding:
Since its inception in 2004, the National Center for Special Education Research
(NCSER) within the U.S. Department of Education - Institute for Education                  -     University of Minnesota (3)
Sciences has supported over 260 research projects totaling over $440 million,
                                                                                      Topics Researched with NCSER Funding
thereby providing the special education community with a better understanding
                                                                                      in Minnesota Include:
of how children with disabilities learn, the effectiveness of strategies and
interventions, and how to assess their knowledge and skills.                               -     Developing, evaluating, and
                                                                                                 finalizing a set of instruments and
NCSER funded grants have supported improved outcomes for children and youth
                                                                                                 procedures targeted to assess
with disabilities and have built a wealth of information in many areas including:
                                                                                                 students' rate of reading and
       Early intervention and early childhood special education;                                comprehension in first through fifth
       Mathematics, reading, writing, and language development;                                 grade
       Behavioral interventions;                                                          -     Developing accessible reading
       Teacher quality;                                                                         assessments for all disabilities that
       Autism;                                                                                  affect reading (funded with OSEP)
       Transition strategies to post-secondary education and career; and
       Technology.                                                                        -     Developing one or more
                                                                                                 interventions to improve reading
                                                                                                 comprehension for students at risk
In fiscal year 2011, federal funding for special education research was cut by                   for or identified as having a
28%, leaving this program inadequately funded to fully achieve its mission.                      reading-related disability.
Educators and early interventionists rely on research findings by NCSER to
expand and enhance their knowledge, understanding, and services for children
and youth with disabilities.
                                                                                      This summary includes only NCSER grants that were
At a minimum, restoring NCSER funding to $71 million will help ensure special
                                                                                      directly awarded to institutions in this state. Institutions
   education research and development continues to address the needs of               in this state may also collaborate on other NCSER grants.
 children, families and educators. Although to truly address these needs, an
                         increase in funding is needed.

               Council for Exceptional Children ▪ www.cec.sped.org ▪ June 2012

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