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Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies
Students with a Specific Learning Disability

PALS was found to have potentially positive effects on reading fluency and reading comprehension and no discernible effects on mathematics for students with learning disabilities.

Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies is a peer-tutoring program for grades K–6 that aims to improve student proficiency in several disciplines. During the 30-35 minute peer-tutoring sessions, students take turns acting at the tutor, coaching and correcting one another as they work through problems. The designation of tutoring pairs and skill assignment is based on teacher judgement of student needs and abilities, and teachers reassign tutoring pairs regularly.  

Findings

4
studies that met standards out of
8
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Comprehension Potentially positive effects 2-6
 
 
27
Mathematics achievement No discernible effects 2-4 --
Reading fluency Potentially positive effects 2-6
 
 
14

Last Updated: June 2012

Race

Black
34%
White
78%

Gender

Male: 65%
Female: 34%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

57%

English Learners

English Learners icon
100%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Small Group

Urbanicity

Urban

Locations

TX
South


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