Academic journal article Exceptional Children

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Academic journal article Exceptional Children

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This issue of Exceptional Children covers a range of topics that we hope will facilitate conversation, future investigations, and improved practice for individuals with disabilities. It includes our second Special Feature article, which addresses the important topic of diversity issues in special education, as well as articles on sustainability of schoolwide positive behavioral interventions, universal screening in early mathematics, reading comprehension profiles of individuals with high functioning autism, high-quality school-based pre-K programming, and evaluation of behavioral change.

The Special Feature article by Donna Ford addresses both the past and future of diversity issues. The author discusses demographic trends in American education, and implications for addressing racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity in special education.

Coffey and Horner used a schoolwide evaluation tool and a team implementation checklist to investigate 117 schools implementing schoolwide positive behavioral supports. Their results indicated that key administrator support of the educational innovation and using data to inform decision making were critical factors in sustainability of schoolwide positive behavioral support programs.

Gersten, Clarke, Jordan, Newman-Gonchar, Haymond, and Wilkins review recent findings in mathematics screening for early primary grade students. The authors discuss the most important constructs, describe the different strategies used by researchers to study these measures, and arrive at some interesting conclusions. …

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