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ERIC Number: EJ1098308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1083-6470
Analysis of Opportunity to Learn for Students with Disabilities: Effects of Standards-Aligned Instruction
Blank, Rolf K.; Smithson, John L.
Journal of Research in Education, v24 n1 p135-153 Spr-Sum 2014
The paper presents a model for addressing the critical question of opportunity to learn for students with disabilities. The model was tested through a two-year study with schools and teachers in three states. Opportunity to learn analysis is critical in this educational era of push toward access and inclusion. The study results indicate that instruction in grades 4-8 for general education and special education students did not closely align to state content standards. The analysis results indicate that a greater degree of instructional alignment to standards did have a positive impact on student achievement, considering both academic standards and extended standards for students with disabilities. The study findings showed that schools and classrooms providing more inclusive education for students with disabilities had a positive impact on student achievement for all students.
Eastern Educational Research Association. George Watson, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, College of Education and Professional Development, Huntington, WV 25755. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas; North Carolina; Ohio
Grant or Contract Numbers: S368A100013