Special Education Research & Development: Supporting
Educational Excellence for Children and Youth with Disabilities
ANSWERING THE NEEDS OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION COMMUNITY
Florida 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 Florida:
needs of children with disabilities.
Currently, 10 NCSER grants are
Furthermore, to implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and underway in various education
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind, educators are institutions and other entities in
required by law to utilize scientifically based strategies and interventions. NCSER Florida, totaling $19.1 Million.
research provides educators with the tools needed to meet these requirements.
Without this research, the field does not improve and children and youth feel the Since 2006, 19 grants have been
impact. awarded to various education
institutions totaling $37 Million.
SPECIAL EDUCATION RESEARCH: DRIVING INNOVATION
Entities in Florida Receiving NCSER
Since its inception in 2004, the National Center for Special Education Research Funding:
(NCSER) within the U.S. Department of Education - Institute for Education
Sciences has supported over 260 research projects totaling over $440 million, - Florida International University (2)
- Florida State University (4)
thereby providing the special education community with a better understanding
- University of Florida (8)
of how children with disabilities learn, the effectiveness of strategies and - University of Miami (2)
interventions, and how to assess their knowledge and skills. - University of South Florida (3)
NCSER funded grants have supported improved outcomes for children and youth Topics Researched with NCSER Funding
with disabilities and have built a wealth of information in many areas including: in Florida Include:
Early intervention and early childhood special education;
- Investigating interventions for
Mathematics, reading, writing, and language development;
adolescents with ADHD to support
academic instruction, social support,
and school orientation activities over
the summer months
Transition strategies to post-secondary education and career; and
- Analyzing data to evaluate the
FUNDING CONSIDERATIONS potential impact of pre-service and in-
service teacher training experiences
In fiscal year 2011, federal funding for special education research was cut by on academic achievement, high
28%, leaving this program inadequately funded to fully achieve its mission.
school graduation, and post-
Educators and early interventionists rely on research findings by NCSER to
secondary education and
expand and enhance their knowledge, understanding, and services for children
employment outcomes for students
and youth with disabilities.
At a minimum, restoring NCSER funding to $71 million will help ensure special
education research and development continues to address the needs of
children, families and educators. Although to truly address these needs, an This summary includes only NCSER grants that were
increase in funding is needed. directly awarded to institutions in this state. Institutions
in this state may also collaborate on other NCSER grants.
Council for Exceptional Children ▪ www.cec.sped.org ▪ June 2012