We Need to Keep (but Revise) the Specific Learning Disability Construct in IDEA

Some professionals are once again suggesting that specific learning disabilities (SLD) is no longer a useful construct and perhaps should be replaced or even eliminated altogether. he purpose of this commentary is to examine why we still need to identify students with SLD, explain the main characteristics of SLD, and make a few suggestions for the revision of SLD in the re-authorization of IDEA 2004. 

Every Student Succeeds Act, Department of Education

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed in December of 2015 and ESSA amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to provide funding to K-12 schools to ensure a quality public education for all students. ESSA authorizes funds for professional development, instructional materials, resources to support educational programs, and for promotion of parental involvement. ESSA replaced the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002.