Early education findings of research

Eager to learn: Educating our Preschoolers is a comprehensive report from the National Research Council that synthesizes the findings on early childhood education, language acquisition, and emergent skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Read about the science of learning (cognitive development), the impact of cultural variations, preschool program quality, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment, preparation of early childhood professionals, … [Read more...]

Professional development to improve accommodations decisions | A review of the literature

Teachers play an important role in making decisions about students’ accommodations for instruction and assessment. Although teachers are a significant part of the decision-making process, ‘gaps’ in teachers’ accommodations knowledge are well documented. One possible solution is to provide online professional development for teachers.This resource from the National Center on Educational Outcomes reviews the characteristics of high-quality … [Read more...]

2011 Summary of advances in autism spectrum disorder research

This summary comes from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, which produces an annual list of scientific advances that represent significant progress in the autism field. There were many noteworthy findings in the 20 studies selected from 2011, including a 5-minute screen shown to detect autism and other developmental disorders in 75% of affected toddlers. (posted April 6, 2012) http://iacc.hhs.gov/news/news_updates/2012/news_2011_summary_of_advances.shtml … [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...]

Autism: What neuroscience is finding

No disorder captures the attention of the nation like autism. David G. Amaral, Ph.D., University of California Davis Health System, explains what exactly autism is, its genetic roots, and where the most promising research on the subject is currently located. (posted August 10, 2012)http://www.brainfacts.org/diseases-disorders/childhood-disorders/articles/2011/autism-the-pervasive-developmental-disorder/  … [Read more...]

Identifying what works for struggling readers | Educator’s guide

This guide summarizes Effective Programs for Struggling Readers: A Best Evidence Synthesis, a research review conducted by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Research and Reform in Education. The achievement outcomes of alternative approaches for struggling readers in grade K-5 were evaluated. This guide for educators presents the evidence on how effective the following approaches have proved to be for improving student reading: one-to-one tutoring, … [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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