AIR Experts Featured at a Capitol Hill Forum on Public School Accountability for Students with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. – Two special education experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Louis Danielson and Stephanie Jackson, will participate in a Capitol Hill forum that will discuss the implications of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization as it relates to students with disabilities. The forum will be held October 26, 2011, at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-339 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET.

The forum, Meeting Student Needs: Accountability and Instructional Improvement for Students with Disabilities, is the fourth installment in a series of Capitol Hill briefings exploring issues that will influence reauthorization of ESEA and the future direction of federal policy. Forum participants will explore the key ESEA provisions that placed renewed attention on assessment and accountability for students with disabilities and also examine strategies for improving instruction.

Danielson, a panelist at the forum, is a national leader in the field of special education and has held leadership roles in the U.S. Office for Special Education Programs. He leads research and development work at AIR related to the assessment of students with disabilities. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the National Center on Response to Intervention and the National High School Center. Jackson, who will deliver introductory remarks at the forum’, serves as the director of the National Center on Response to Intervention and directs policy, research, and evaluation studies at AIR for federal, state and other private policymakers. Other speakers include Doug Fuchs of Vanderbilt University and Martha Thurlow of the National Center on Educational Outcomes.

The forum is co-hosted by Education Week and AIR, and there is no fee required to attend the conference, but space is limited. To RSVP, please click here or contact Kacy Sellers at

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