The number of students classified as learning-disabled is on a downward trend nationally, as is the number of special education students overall, but experts disagree about the reasons why, according to a report in Education Week.
Reasons suggested by various officials to Education Week included better reading instruction overall, earlier intervention with struggling students, and switching students from learning-disabled to a different special education classification.
Others suggested a deliberate effort by schools to keep numbers of special education students low in order to avoid federal accountability rules and higher costs, Education Week reported.
Read more here: Special education numbers down [Education Report].
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