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This review focuses on interventions designed for use in a school-based setting with students in grades K–12 (generally aged 5–18) with a learning disability. The review examines the effect of interventions on the following types of outcomes: academic, problem behaviors, school engagement, self-determination, and social-emotional competence. Interventions must be implemented in authentic education settings.

The following research questions guide this review:

  • Which interventions are effective at improving outcomes for students with learning disabilities? Are some interventions more effective than others for students with specific learning disabilities?
  • Does the effectiveness of interventions for students with learning disabilities vary by type of outcome?
  • Are some interventions more effective for particular subgroups of students with learning disabilities (for example, differences based on age groups, English learner status, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and school level) or in particular settings?


Table of Contents

  • Purpose Statement
  • Key Definition
  • Procedures for Conducting the Literature Search
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Evidence Standards

Protocol Details

  • Version: 3.0
  • Released: February 2017

What is a Protocol?

A review protocol defines the scope of a systematic review. Developed with substantive experts, the protocol defines the parameters for the review, including the research, populations, settings, and outcomes. The protocol also specifies details of the literature search and any topic-specific applications of the design standards.

Protocol versions reflect the version of WWC standards in effect when the protocol was released. Protocol versions that predate the current version of the WWC standards handbook can be used to identify acceptable outcome domains for review within a given topic. The current WWC standards are used to guide the review of studies with acceptable outcomes.

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