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A synthesis of empirical research on teaching mathematics to low-achieving students

Research
Standards: Construct Viable Arguments • Make Sense of Problems
This meta-analysis synthesizes the research on the effects of interventions designed to improve mathematics achievement of students considered low achieving or at risk for failure. It examined the...

Accommodations: Instructional and Testing Supports for Students with Disabilities

Module
This interactive module provides an overview of accommodations for students with disabilities.  

Adolescent Literacy: What's Technology Got to Do With It?

Article
Learn how technology tools can support struggling students and those with learning disabilities to acquire background knowledge and vocabulary, improve their reading comprehension, and increase their...

Applying Principles of Universal Design to Test Delivery: The Effect of Computer-based Read-aloud on Test Performance of High School Students with Learning Disabilities

Research
Standards-based reform efforts are highly dependent on accurate assessment of all students, including those with disabilities. The accuracy of current large-scale assessments is undermined by...

Assessment Overview: Beyond Standardized Testing

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This video explains traditional standardized testing isn't the only way, or necessarily the best way, to gauge a student's knowledge and abilities. Many states are incorporating performance-based...

Basic Teaching Principles

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"This article for educators includes teaching principles that are universal; they represent good pedagogy for any instruction setting, but they are particularly effective for students with learning...

Big Thinkers: Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity

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The founder of Khan Academy, a free educational video library that features over two thousand titles and an interactive dashboard for formative assessment, discusses how his videos can help create a...

Call to Action: Closing the Digital Accessibility Gap

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Our students are living in a time of innovation that is transforming how they learn, play, work, and interact with the world. But transformative change cannot be exclusionary; as educators embrace...

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

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Use this guide to help prepare your students for the transition to college. Find information and resources on legal rights, accessibility, and available supports on campus. Additional resources...

Connected Educators

Video
Interview with educators about the importance of being "connected" in order to be an effective teachers and leaders. Video was created as part of Connected Educators Month.

Data-Based Decision Making

Webinar
In this webcast, nationally recognized experts and RTI implementers provided guidance on using data from multiple assessment functions to support and empower educator decision making within an RTI...

Digital Storytelling: Extending the Potential for Struggling Writers

Article
Standards: Writing
While some young writers may struggle with traditional literacy, tapping into new literacies like digital storytelling may boost motivation and scaffold understanding of traditional literacies. Three...

Direct instruction in math word problems: Students with learning disabilities

Research
Standards: Reason Abstractly • Model with Mathematics • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically • Make Sense of Problems
The study investigated the effectiveness of strategy teaching and sequencing practice problems when teaching students with learning disabilities (LD) how to solve word problems. Students were...

Education Week: 'Embodied Learning' Blends Movement, Computer Interaction

Article
Standards: Model with Mathematics • Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects
Students who are able to engage in learning by being physically involved take more interest in classroom time. SMALLabs use a camera, projector, computer, and wand in an open classroom for students...

Effective Math Instruction For Low Achievers

Article
Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically
The purpose of this review of the literature was to identify appropriate strategies to increase learning outcomes for low-achieving mathematics students. The authors identified 15 studies that met...

Effects of a direct instruction main idea summarization program and self-monitoring on reading comprehension of middle school students with learning disabilities

Research
Standards: Literature • Informational Text
The study examined the effectiveness of a main idea instructional program on and a self-monitoring technique on improving the reading comprehension of middle school students with disabilities. The...

Effects of interactive vocabulary instruction on the vocabulary learning and reading comprehension of junior-high learning disabled students

Research
Standards: Language
The study examined the effectiveness of interactive strategies, including semantic mapping, semantic feature analysis, and semantic/syntactic feature analysis, against definition instruction....

Effects of mathematical word problem solving by students at risk or with mild disabilities

Research
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Standards: Model with Mathematics • Attend to Precision • Make Sense of Problems
The purpose of this study is two-fold. First, the researchers sought to assess the effectiveness of two instructional strategies, an explicit schema-based strategy and a traditional basal strategy,...

End the Math Wars

Article
Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Model with Mathematics
In this article, the author discusses why and how educational technology can be implemented in the classroom and school to support improved student outcomes in mathematics. The author not only...

Explicit instruction in mathematics problem solving

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Standards: Model with Mathematics • Attend to Precision • Make Sense of Problems
This study examined the effectiveness of the explicit translation strategy method that explicitly teaches fourth-graders to translate word story problems into mathematical equation form. The study...