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

                                                                                                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.
                                                                                      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
       Behavioral interventions;
                                                                                            academic instruction, social support,
       Teacher quality;
                                                                                            and school orientation activities over
       Autism;
                                                                                            the summer months
       Transition strategies to post-secondary education and career; and
       Technology.
                                                                                      -       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.
                                                                                              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

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