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NCEE 20154006 School Practices and Accountability for Students With Disabilities
This study presents descriptive findings on school practices in 12 states during 2010–11 for elementary and middle schools explicitly held accountable for the performance of the students with disabilities (SWD) subgroup under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The study found that, when surveyed in 2011, elementary schools accountable for the SWD subgroup were 15.8 percentage-points more likely than never-accountable elementary schools to report moving students with disabilities from self-contained settings to regular classrooms over the previous five years. Middle schools accountable for the SWD subgroup were 16.7 percentage-points more likely than never-accountable middle schools to report moving students with disabilities from self-contained settings to regular classrooms over the previous five years.
2/10/2015
REL 2015055 School mobility, dropout, and graduation rates across student disability categories in Utah
This report describes the characteristics of students with disabilities in Utah public schools, and presents the single-year mobility and dropout rates for students in grades 6–12, as well as the four-year cohort dropout and graduation rates, for students who started grade 9 for the first time in 2007/08 and constituted the 2011 cohort. Results are reported for students with disabilities as a group and then further disaggregated by each of the disability categories. Using statewide administrative data, the research team found that, as a group, Utah students with disabilities had poorer outcomes than their general education classmates, but outcomes varied by disability category, highlighting the heterogeneity among students with disabilities. Results indicate, for example, that students with emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, or autism were at greatest risk of failing to graduate during the four-year high school time frame, with graduation rates below 50 percent. Students with autism, multiple disabilities, or intellectual disability had dropout rates lower than those of general education students and students with disabilities as a group but also had low graduation rates and the highest retention rates after four years. In contrast, students with hearing impairment/deafness had four-year graduation rates roughly on par with general education students. By disaggregating the various student outcomes by disability category, educators and policymakers gain new information about which students with disabilities are most in need of interventions to keep them on track to receive a high school diploma.
11/26/2014
NCES 2015070 ECLS-K:2011 Restricted-Use Kindergarten-First Grade Data File and Electronic Codebook
This CD contains an electronic codebook (ECB), a restricted-use data file, and survey and ECB documentation for the fall and spring kindergarten and fall and spring first-grade rounds of data collection for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011). The CD includes the user’s manual developed for use with this data file (NCES 2015-069), which focuses on the first-grade rounds of data collection, and the manual released with the Kindergarten Data File and Electronic Codebook (NCES 2013-061).
11/7/2014
NCES 2015167 Profile of Undergraduate Students: 2011-12 (Web Tables)
These Web Tables are a comprehensive source of information on undergraduate students attending postsecondary institutions in the United States during the 2011–12 academic year. Data presented in these tables are from the 2011–12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12). Topics include enrollment and attendance status, degree program, major field of study, average grades, student characteristics (including sex, race/ethnicity, age, dependency status, income, marital status, responsibility for dependents, high school completion status, local residence while enrolled, citizenship status, and parents’ education), financial aid status and credit card debt, work, disability status, and participation in distance and remedial education.
10/2/2014
WWC IRDIS576 Repeated Reading
Repeated reading is an academic practice that aims to increase oral reading fluency. Repeated reading can be used with students who have developed initial word reading skills but demonstrate inadequate reading fluency for their grade level. During repeated reading, a student sits in a quiet location with a teacher and reads a passage aloud at least three times. Typically, the teacher selects a passage of about 50 to 200 words in length. If the student misreads a word or hesitates for longer than 5 seconds, the teacher reads the word aloud, and the student repeats the word correctly. If the student requests help with a word, the teacher reads the word aloud or provides the definition. The student rereads the passage until he or she achieves a satisfactory fluency level.
5/10/2014
NCSER 20143000 Improving Reading Outcomes for Students with or at Risk for Reading Disabilities: A Synthesis of the Contributions from the Institute of Education Sciences Research Centers
The report describes what has been learned regarding the improvement of reading outcomes for children with or at risk for reading disabilities through research funded by the Institute's National Center for Education Research and National Center for Special Education Research and published in peer-reviewed outlets through December 2011. The synthesis describes contributions to the knowledge base produced by IES-funded research across four focal areas:
  • Assessment: What have we learned about effective identification and assessment of students who have or are at risk for reading difficulties or disabilities?
  • Basic Cognitive and Linguistic Processes: What are the basic cognitive and linguistic processes that support successful reading and how can these skills be improved for students who have or who are at risk for reading disabilities?
  • Intervention: How do we make reading instruction more effective for students who have or are at risk for developing reading disabilities? How do we teach reading to students with low incidence disabilities?
  • Professional Development: How do we bring research-based instructional practices to the classroom?
2/27/2014
NCEE 20144007 Evaluation of the Personnel Development Program to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities
This report describes activities of national technical assistance centers and special education personnel training programs supported through the Personnel Development Program (PDP) authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The evaluation assessed the quality and relevance of products of PDP grantees funded between FY 2001 and FY 2007.
1/7/2014
NCES 2014015 Digest of Education Statistics, 2012
The 48th in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest's purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.
12/31/2013
WWC IRD626 Reciprocal Teaching
Although reciprocal teaching has been used for years as a method for teaching reading comprehension skills, the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has found no rigorous research that shows it works or does not work for students with learning disabilities. Using the reciprocal teaching method, teachers model four comprehension strategies for their students: summarizing, questioning, clarifying, and predicting. The students then practice these strategies and take turns leading small group discussions about what has been read. The WWC identified 54 studies of reciprocal teaching for students with learning disabilities that were published or released between 1989 and 2013. None of these studies meet WWC evidence standards. More research is needed to determine the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of this method for students with learning disabilities.
11/26/2013
NCEE 20134017 The Inclusion of Students With Disabilities in School Accountability Systems: An Update
This report presents updated descriptive information on school-level accountability, adequate yearly progress (AYP), and school improvement status of schools accountable and schools not accountable for the performance of the students with disabilities (SWD) subgroup under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Findings are based on U.S. Department of Education EDFacts data from the 2006–07 to 2009–10 school years for up to 44 states and the District of Columbia.
10/21/2013
NCEE 20134011 Improving Post-High School Outcomes for Transition-Age Students with Disabilities: An Evidence Review
A new report reviews the research literature on strategies designed to help students with disabilities transition from high school to employment, postsecondary education and training, or independent living. The review deviates from previous evidence reviews on this topic by using the What Works Clearinghouse (WWW) systematic review procedures, focusing on direct measures of students' post-high school outcomes, and including more recent studies released between April 2008 and June 2011.

A total of 43 eligible studies were reviewed and assigned a WWC standards rating, of which 16 met the WWC standards. Community-based work programs were found to have mixed effects on students’ employment outcomes and potentially positive effects on postsecondary education outcomes. Functional life skills development programs were found to have potentially positive effects on independent living outcomes although the extent of evidence was small.

Taking this evidence as a whole, the review highlights the limited support currently available from high quality intervention research to identify a wide range of programs and strategies that help students with disabilities transition to employment, postsecondary education and training, or independent living. The report offers hypotheses about program characteristics, program development, and research design considerations gleaned from studies that met WWC standards as well as those considered as "exploratory."
8/19/2013
NCES 2013060 ECLS-K:2011 Restricted-Use Kindergarten Data File and Electronic Codebook
This CD contains an electronic codebook (ECB), a restricted-use data file, and survey and ECB documentation for the fall and spring kindergarten rounds of data collection for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011). The CD includes the User’s Manual for the ECLS-K:2011 Kindergarten Data File and Electronic Codebook (NCES 2013-061)
7/17/2013
WWC IRCYD623 Second Step
Second Step is a classroom-based social skills program for students in preschool through junior high (ages 4-14 years). Second Step is designed to reduce impulsive, high-risk, and aggressive behaviors and increase children's social competence and other protective factors. No studies of Second Step meet WWC evidence standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any conclusions based on research about the impacts of Second Step on these children. More high-quality research is needed to determine if the program works for children classified with an emotional disturbance (or children at risk for classification).
3/5/2013
WWC SSR0108 WWC Review of the Report "Same-Language-Subtitling (SLS): Using Subtitled Music Video for Reading Growth"
The 2009 study, Same-Language-Subtitling (SLS): Using Subtitled Music Video for Reading Growth, examined the impacts of SLS, a karaoke-style subtitling intervention, on the reading comprehension skills of secondary school students in Kaneohe, Hawaii. SLS uses videos with captioned text that changes color in synchronization with the audio. This practice aims to encourage reading and increase reading proficiency. Researchers randomly assigned 198 secondary school students with learning disabilities (ages 14 to 19) to either special education classrooms using the SLS intervention or comparison classrooms (special or general education). The final study sample consisted of 51 students in the intervention condition, who were exposed to SLS for 12 weeks, and 98 students in the comparison condition, who received the school’s regular curriculum. To assess the effects of the program, researchers compared the reading comprehension scores on the achievement tests of students in both groups at the end of the 12-week intervention in June, and again after the summer break in September. Intervention students scored significantly higher on the reading comprehension achievement posttests at both points in time than students in the comparison condition. This study is a well-implemented randomized controlled trial, and the research described meets WWC evidence standards without reservations.
1/8/2013
WWC IRDIS573 Reading Mastery
When compared to another Direct Instruction intervention, Horizons, Reading Mastery was found to have no discernible effects on alphabetics and reading comprehension for students with learning disabilities.
7/10/2012
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