Technology for Special Needs Students

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.

California District Implements Writing Program Throughout Elementary Schools

Stanislaus Union School District in Stanislaus, CA, reported that it implement Vantage Learning's MY Access! writing software for the 5th and 6th grades in all of its five elementary schools. The program is being funded through the federal Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program.

Bolstering Support for High Needs Students with Technology

For teachers in the Thunder Bay Catholic School District, it's not a question of if they will get the chance to teach an autistic or "high-needs" student. It's a matter of when it will happen. "Within the last five years we've charted an alarming rate of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) entering the school system," said Joel Godecki, ASD project director for the 8,000-student Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board in Northwestern Ontario.

Texas Adopts Middle School Supplemental Math Program

The Texas Education Agency has chosen Carnegie Learning to provide supplemental math instruction to middle school students in the state. The agreement will impact more than 3,000 Texas students in grades 5 through 8 who are at risk for not meeting end-of-course standards in Algebra I.

Early Intervention with Technology

When reading issues began surfacing within its elementary student population in the mid-1990s, Liberty Public Schools developed an internal tutoring program to help boost those students' scores on statewide reading tests.

Australian Government Approves Autism Intervention

Australia's Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has approved the Fast ForWord products from Scientific Learning as an educational intervention tool for working with autistic children younger than 6.

By the Book: Exploring One School's Success with a Technology-Based Reading Program

Pam Howard is no stranger to technology-based reading programs. In fact, this principal believes in such applications so much that she brings them with her when she takes on positions at new schools. For example, when she accepted the position of principal at Burleson Elementary in El Paso, TX, in 2008, Howard knew it wouldn't be long before a high number of the school's 337 students would be shifting to a technology-based reading program she'd previously used at three different schools.

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