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.http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/readingcomp_pg_092810.pdf … [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.http://tinyurl.com/3a29fgl  … [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. http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2011/0511_class_size_whitehurst_chingos.aspx  … [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. http://www.safestartcenter.org/pdf/Evidence-Based-Practices-Matrix_2011.pdf     … [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...]

Understanding Research Studies in the News

by Kyrie Dragoo National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) Heard on the News: Exciting results today from a research study showing that children who have… Heard Around Town: Have you thought about XYZ intervention? It just might work for your child…. Sound familiar? Ever had your interest piqued by such news of research with children who have disabilities? We know we have. Education research is great, … [Read more...]

The use of RTI to identify students with LD: Review of the research

In the Use of RTI to Identify Students with Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Research, Drs. Doug Dexter and Charles Hughes present the regularly stated criticisms of the current LD identification methods and review the latest research on the impact of RTI as a method for LD identification. They explore whether that research addresses the concerns and criticisms its proponents have about the use of the IQ discrepancy method or if additional research … [Read more...]

Proven benefits of early childhood interventions

There is increasing recognition that the first few years of a child’s life are a particularly sensitive period in the process of development, laying a foundation in childhood and beyond for cognitive functioning; behavioral, social, and self-regulatory capacities; and physical health. Yet many children face various stressors during these years that can impair their healthy development. Early childhood intervention programs are designed to mitigate … [Read more...]

Individualized Education Programs: Legal Requirements and Research Findings

September 2013Read the article (PDF)About this ArticleThe individual education program (IEP) is of critical importance to educators, parents, and students. Through the IEP process school-based teams (a) assess the educational needs of a student, (b) develop meaningful and measurable goals that direct the student's program, (c) develop and implement a program of special education and related services, and (d) monitor the student's progress toward his … [Read more...]

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