The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is committed to ensuring that every student in Arkansas has equitable access to core instruction that leads to greater opportunities for students to reach college, career, and life goals. DESE is ALL IN through the promotion of
and better outcomes.
Welcome to information pertaining to inclusive education provided by the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education's Office of Special Education (DESE-OSE). In alignment with the Arkansas State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), DESE supports the implementation of inclusive education to improve outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities.
Inclusive Education Toolkit
DESE is providing a great new technology suite to ALL Arkansas students in grades three through twelve. This suite includes supports for students in ELA, mathematics, science, and all other content areas. To learn more about this suite that is free of charge, go to the Arkansas Texthelp Landing Page.
What is Inclusion?
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) states its purpose as, “...[T]o provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.”
"Indiana high school students with disabilities who spent 80% of their educational time in general education classrooms scored higher on state reading and math assessments and were better prepared for postsecondary education and employment opportunities than their peers in less inclusive settings, according to a new study by Indiana University researchers."
Inclusive Education Resources from the Arkansas Office of Special Education (tinyurl.com/ArkansasInclusiveEducation) - a collection of Inclusive Education Resources divided into the following categories:
The Relationship Between Special Education Placement and High School Outcomes - This research study focuses on comparison groups to compare academic outcomes of students with disabilities in Indiana placed in more inclusive settings with those placed in less inclusive settings. Student and school demographic and outcome data were analyzed from the eighth grade in 2013 through graduation in 2018. Students with disabilities spending 80% more time in inclusive classrooms did better in reading and math than peers spending more time in special education classrooms.
Florida Inclusion Network
Inclusive Practices B-5 - Hosted by the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Early Childhood Special Education Unit (DESE-ECSE), this site contains resources focusing on inclusive education from birth - 5 years old.
For additional information on the Arkansas direction, please see the resources below.
11.29.2023 - Training Updates, including the Inclusive Education Arkansas IDEAS course
8.29.2023 - Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities TOT information added
8.7.2023 - New PD schedule added
8.2.2023 - Texthelp information added
6.14.2023 - Inclusive Education Toolkit added
5.30.2023 - Several new videos added on Stories from Arkansas
4.20.2023 - Updated "Ways to Meet the Needs of Students" video and slides to include specially designed instruction provided by a general educator
4.13.2023 - New questions added to Frequently Asked Questions document
4.7.2023 - Summer PD Schedule Posted
2.13.2023 -- Scheduling Page - Possibilities in Scheduling from the ADE Office of Special Education
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