Technology for Special Needs Students

ALEKS Releases RTI Math Materials

Mathematics solutions provider ALEKS has released a new line of Web-based software products that are designed to be used in a response to intervention program in middle school math courses.

K12Translate Launches ELL Grants

K12Translate will award $2,000 in grants to aid districts already working to build connections with non-native English-speaking families that are home schooling their English language learner (ELL) children.

Berwyn South SD Ramps Up Reading Intervention

As part of an effort to to boost achievement for struggling readers, Berwyn South School District 100 in Illinois has rolled out a software-based system that allows them to screen individual students and track progress while providing differentiated and guided instruction.

Delaware District Launches Reading Intervention To Help with AYP

Seaford School District (SSD) in Delaware is looking to give its adequate yearly progress (AYP) a shot in the arm through the use of a software-based reading intervention.

Kurzweil 3000 Expands ELL Support, Gets Impromptu Text Translation

Kurzweil Educational Systems has released Kurzweil 3000 version 12, a literacy tool for struggling readers and English language learners in grades 3 through 12.

EETT Focus: A Special Ed Technology Infusion

An Idaho middle school is using EETT funds to help bring its special education department into the 21st century. Using the grant money for a technology infusion, planners are looking to make their classrooms more accessible and more interactive to help better engage students and improve overall learning.

New Systems Take Blended Approach to Reading Intervention

School Specialty, an educational curriculum developer, has announced three new intervention systems designed to address the achievement gap in reading skills among students of grade levels 3 through 12.

Ed Tech Provider Releases Math Intervention Program

Renaissance Learning has released a new intervention program for grades 3 through 12. Accelerated Math for Intervention (AMI) is a research-based math intervention aimed at bridging skills gaps for students struggling in mathematics through practice, targeted intervention, and diagnostic testing.

Virginia Extends Digital Book Reading Service

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has renewed its statewide license on the assistive software Read:OutLoud 6, which reads digital books aloud for students with print disabilities. Developed by Don Johnston Inc. and licensed through George Mason University's Accessible Instructional Materials Center (AIM-VA), the software helps approximately 170,000 students in 1,900 Virginia public schools.

Early Intervention Program Addresses Academic, Behavioral Issues

"Children who enter grade school with cognitive and social-emotional delays are at an increased risk for reading problems, academic underachievement, and becoming disengaged or disinterested in school." This assessment, from Janet Welsh, a research associate at Penn State University's Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, is at the heart of a new intervention program developed by researchers at the school to help families with kindergarteners at risk for poor school performance.

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