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ERIC Number: ED520042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 197
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-5305-3
Increasing Inclusive Practices to Improve Special Education Students' Performance on the DSTP
Reynolds, Kalia Marie
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, University of Delaware
At West Park Place Elementary, achievement results among students in special education (SPED) from 2004 through 2006 were consistently poor; barely over a quarter of SPED students were at or above standard in reading and math on the DSTP. In 2007, SPED students had the lowest reading and math DSTP performance of all thirteen suburban elementary schools in the Christina School District. This paper is an account of the school's efforts to improve support and instruction for SPED students from spring 2007 through the present. West Park Place Elementary has attempted to improve through teacher collaboration and professional development, effective scheduling, and improved service delivery. Developing Professional Learning Communities (PLC's) was a primary vehicle to increase inclusive practices and student performance. Both formative and assessment measures indicate significant gains in SPED student performance. Strengthened inclusive practices have led to the increased use of data with goal setting, targeted instructional focus areas in the school improvement plan, schedules built around students' needs, and extended collaborative planning. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Delaware Student Testing Program