The CEC Research Award recognizes researchers for the significant contributions they have made to special education. We believe that the members of this distinguished group have much to share with our readers. We have invited each of them to contribute an article, addressing their perspectives on special education research and practices. Jim Ysseldyke was awarded the Research Award in 1995, recognizing more than 25 years of research investigating a variety of assessment and instructional decision-making practices. This article presents generalizations that he has gleaned from his years of research, as well as his thoughts for the future.