Improving reading comprehension: What works

This guide from the U.S. Department of Education recommends five specific steps that teachers, reading coaches, and principals can take to successfully improve reading comprehension for children K-3. … [Read more...]

What the National Institutes of Health Have Found

What’s NIH found in all its medical research? Have a look at this incredible list of fact sheets written for the public. Sign up to receive email updates from NIH on the results of its research. … [Read more...]

WWC reports focus on multisensory programs for students with LD

The What Works Clearinghouse offersd Intervention Reports that review the research on Orton-Gillingham-based programs for students with learning disabilities.  … [Read more...]

The 2011 strategic plan for autism research

The Interagency Autism Coordinating committee (IACC)  has released its 2011 strategic plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research. The document can be downloaded from:     … [Read more...]

Postsecondary education and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Here's the lengthy title: Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Critical Review of the State of Knowledge and a Taxonomy to Guide Future Research. This policy brief is available from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community (ICI) Integration. The brief reviews the state of knowledge and research practice in the emerging field of postsecondary education for students with intellectual … [Read more...]

Class size: What research says and what it means for state policy

In recent decades, at least 24 states have mandated or incentivized class-size reduction. This Executive Summary from the Brookings Institution examines “what the research says” about whether class-size reduction has a positive impact on student learning and, if it does, by how much, for whom, and under what circumstances.  … [Read more...]

Review of evidence-based practices for children exposed to violence

The Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services have published this 2011 report, which includes a matrix of 42 effective programs and 13 promising programs that address childhood exposure to violence. The matrix provides: a rating for each program; the age range for the children served; outcome indicators; and whether the program increased resilience, reduced trauma symptoms, or reduced incidence.     … [Read more...]

Neuroscience and special education

This 2011 policy analysis from Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education discusses how findings from neuroscience are being applied to special education, describes outcomes from the research bridging the two fields, and discusses how institutions of higher education are creating interdisciplinary links between the two. The analysis also profiles three programs currently serving children with disabilities that … [Read more...]

ED Data Express

This website will help you view some of the important data that the U.S. Department of Education collects from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. You can easily find information on your state ("State Snapshots") and even build your own state table. The site includes options to download information into Excel or manipulate the data within the website. The site currently includes data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance … [Read more...]

The value of early education, long-term

“Investing Early in Education” is a special issue of Science. It looks at three longitudinal studies and explores what they have taught us about the long-term value of high-quality early intervention. … [Read more...]

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