State report cites deficiency in autism training

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new state report says Tennessee lacks standardized methods for training teachers of students with autism.

The report by the Comptroller's Offices of Research and Education Accountability also says there is insufficient information to track the effectiveness of the training.

The report is the second in a three-part series examining Tennessee public services for infants, children and youths with autism.

"Autism in Tennessee: Part 2 Education" provides an overview of education services available from birth through high school for autistic children.

According to the report, youths with autism will transition into and out of several different special education programs during their elementary and secondary education.

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