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Facts from NLTS2: General Education Participation and Academic Performance of Students With Learning Disabilities

NCSER 2006-3001
July 2006

Accommodations and Supports Provided to Students With Learning Disabilities

Teachers report that 94 percent of students with learning disabilities receive some type of accommodation or support to enhance their school performance. Additional time to complete tests (76 percent) or assignments (67 percent) are among the most common types of accommodations. In addition, approximately three in five students (63 percent) have their progress followed by special education teachers, and approximately two in five (37 percent) receive more frequent feedback from general education teachers.

Almost one-third (30 percent) have general education teachers who modify grading criteria for students with learning disabilities. Approximately one-fourth of students with learning disabilities receive slower-paced instruction, have tests read to them or are given modified tests, or receive learning strategies or study skills assistance. Approximately one in five students with learning disabilities (18 percent) receive help from teacher aides, instructional assistants, or personal aides, and 11 percent receive tutoring from an adult. Fewer than 10 percent receive support from readers or interpreters, participate in behavior management programs, receive self-advocacy training, or use technology aids such as books on tape or a calculator.