Special Education Research & Development: Supporting
Educational Excellence for Children and Youth with Disabilities
ANSWERING THE NEEDS OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION COMMUNITY
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