The New York Times reports that the government has made significant changes to long-standing laws regarding disability in schools. For more than 25 years, schools nationwide have been required to identify students who are learning disabled by comparing their scores on intelligence tests with their academic achievement. Because of this, it usually meant that by the time they were identified they didn’t receive help until the third or fourth grade. After regulatory changes to the law, the Federal Education Department said states could not require that states rely on this method, opening up new avenues to identify which children are eligible for extra help… (Note: This site requires free registration.)