Serving Special Education Students in Inclusive Environments
This literature review provides an overview of inclusionary best practices for working with students with disabilities, including current research on co-teaching and collaboration, and specific considerations for implementation in small school districts.
Special Education Delivery Models
Current literature on best practices for special education delivery was explored. Research overwhelmingly supports inclusive models as the most effective. Alternative models are also defined.
Special Education Instructional Materials and Strategies
This report follows an initial report on Special Education Delivery Models, which explored co-teaching and full inclusion. This report builds on the delivery models report and describes instructional strategies and curriculums that can be implemented within most Special Education models. There are several evidence-based strategies for teaching students who receive special education services, which research indicates have various levels of effectiveness. Detailed instructional materials and strategies that can be implemented at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels are described in this report.
SPED Baseline for Achievement and Growth
This report analyzed the growth and achievement of a Pacific Northwest school district’s students (K-5) who received and did not receive Special Education services within the school years 2015-16 and 2016-17. Data was disaggregated by grade-level, disability category, SBAC Math and ELA scores, DIBELS reading scores, reported behavior incidents, and attendance. SPED status and the effects on high school credits earned (9-12) was also examined.
Developing a Co-Teaching Program to Benefit Students Receiving Special Education Services
This report documented best practices from the literature that school districts can use to develop a co-teaching model specifically designed to benefit students with special needs.