This document provides a brief overview of how neuroscience is being linked with the practice of special education. Definitions, terminology, and three profiles of programs which incorporate neuroscience in their special education curriculum are provided in the document.
Webb (1997) developed a process and criteria for systematically analyzing the alignment between standards and standardized assessments; and to review curricular alignment. This body of work offers the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) model employed to analyze the cognitive expectation demanded by standards, curricular activities and assessment tasks (Webb, 1997)
Researchers at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) have identified nine instructional strategies that are most likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and across all grade levels.
Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, the Florida Department of Education is Transitioning to the new Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), which replace the FCAT 2.0 assessments in reading, writing and mathematics. Florida students will participate in the science and social studies assessments aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS).
The website gives various types of assessments that can be used in the classroom. Links to examples of the assessments are also provided.
The primary focus of the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition is to assist schools and districts with Florida's English Language Learners (ELLs), totaling over 265,000. Florida's diversity of ELLs surpasses most states in the country. Florida is ranked 3rd in ELL population, and although Spanish is the major native language of these students, the ELLs speak more than 300 different languages.