Study of an MLN Lower School Classroom

Study of a Multiple Learning Needs Lower School Classroom: Summary of Student Outcomes and Staff Perceptions of Curriculum Effectiveness (2011)

Abstract:
During the 2010-11 academic year, Ivymount School’s Multiple Learning Needs (MLN) Lower School program added a classroom to better meet the needs of more intellectually capable students on the autism spectrum. The classroom paired a more challenging academic curriculum aligned with the Maryland State Curriculum and designed for students performing at or near grade level, with an intensive social learning curriculum, executive function supports, and evidence-based instructional practices designed to support student learning. The implementation of so many new curriculum components at one time placed significant demands upon instructional staff, while raising expectations for student performance. This document evaluates overall program success in terms of both student outcomes and staff perceptions of curriculum effectiveness. Findings are based on the six student’s test scores, as well as pre- and post-year interviews with families and staff. 

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