Over the years the Hallahan and Kauffman text has remained a constant and credible source for our candidates seeking certification. As the legislation is updated, the text has been updated to reflect the changes, issues, and trends. Students taking the state certification exams report that review of the text and practice questions before sitting for a state exam actually helped them achieve the desired passing score. Maribeth Montgomery Kasik, Governors State University Exceptional Learners is an outstanding introduction to the characteristics of exceptional learners and their education, emphasizing classroom practices as well as the psychological, sociological, and medical aspects of disabilities and giftedness. In keeping with this era of accountability, all discussions and examples of educational practices are grounded in a sound research base. Whats New to this Edition? NEWAssessment of Progress sections provide readers with category-specific information about Progress Monitoring, Outcome Measures, Testing Accommodations, and Alternative Assessment. Significantly reorganized Chapter 2, "Integration, Inclusion, and Support of Positive Outcomes," provides new information on Universal Design, use of technologies, differentiated instruction, response to intervention (RTI), and assessment of academic progress and student outcomes. Increased coverage of response to intervention (RTI) emphasizes the importance of multi-tiered assessment in accordance with changes to federal law (Chapters 2 & 6). Relevant multimedia assets are incorporated into the text to help students improve their mastery of key concepts, including the MyEducationLab website, created specifically to accompany the Exceptional Learners, Eleventh Edition. Integrated Multimedia Resources MyEducationLab is a research-based learning tool that brings special education teaching to life. Through authentic in-class video footage, interactive simulations, rich case studies, and more, MyEducationLab prepares you for your teaching career by showing you what quality special education instruction looks like, providing examples of authentic teacher and student work, and much more. Whats more, MyEducationLab is easy to use. In your textbook look for the MyEducationLab logo in the margins of the text and follow the simple link instructions to access the MyEducationLab video or activity that corresponds with the chapter content. For more information turn to the MyEducationLab walkthrough preface or go to www.myeducationlab.com .Hallahan, Daniel P. is the author of 'Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education (11th Edition)', published 2008 under ISBN 9780205571048 and ISBN 0205571042.