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Indiana Council for Exceptional Children Statement on ESSA

September 14, 2016

On behalf of the members of the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children, we would like to address the Every Student Succeeds Act call for state-designed accountability system.  Past constraints have fueled a focus on state standardized tests targeting the mass middle average rather than designing for those in the margins. With ESSA’s new direction, the door has been opened to design a state assessment system that meets the needs of all students. At no time in history have we had more data and research to support the need to abandon not only the one-size-fits-all approach in education but the average-size-fits-all models based on standardization. The models of state standardized testing have focused their design and resources on the “average” consequently targeting the masses of students falling into the middle and non-existent average. We suggest that with student variability being the norm, average being illusionary, and disability being contextual, that moving forward our position be focusing on designing assessments for those in the margins. We understand from Universal Design for Learning in education and Universal Design in architecture that what works for those in the margins works for everyone! We further believe this mind shift from masses and averages to margins and individuality will position assessments to authentically measure the outcome and not the means, inform instructional needs, and place the focus on progress in place of performance.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR FUTURE LEADERS OF INDIANA CCBD

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR FUTURE LEADERS OF INDIANA CCBD
Indiana CCBD is currently seeking dedicated individuals who are currently members of CEC and CCBD and who are willing to serve on the leadership team. Nominations are currently open for the following positions:
President: (One year term): The President serves as the chief executive officer of the subdivision.
President Elect: (One year term): The president-elect shall act in place of the president in the case of the absence or disability of the president.
Vice-President: (One year term): The vice president shall serve as chair of the honors and awards committee.
Secretary: (Two year term): The secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings of regular and special membership meetings of Indiana CCBD, the meetings of the Executive Committee, and shall conduct such correspondence as necessary for the business of the division.
Treasurer: (Four year term): The treasurer shall be responsible for accounting for all funds in the manner prescribed by the Executive Committee.
Liaison to Indiana CEC: (One year term): The liaison shall report activities of Indiana CCBD to Indiana CEC and shall represent Indiana CCBD on the Indiana CEC Board. The liaison will also report to Indiana CCBD the activities of Indiana CEC.
If you are interested in running for one of the offices, please send your name, CEC membership number, what position you are interested in, your current job, and a one paragraph summary of your qualifications and what skills you would bring to the position. All nominations are due by November 4. Please send your nomination to: Bev Johns, Regional Coordinator, at bevjohns@juno.com

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