“Having used New Century for the past year, our Special Education students have achieved large score gains in both reading and math.”
– Bobby Abrams, Principal, Tallassee High School
Individualized Instruction for Special Education Success
Whether used separately or as part of a Response to Intervention Model, the Intelligent Tutoring System is a powerful tool to help teachers deliver the individualized instruction typically needed by students who have been identified with high incidence disabilities. Assessments, curriculum and program management, all coordinated by algorithms, help Special Education students achieve the Common Core State Standards through rigorous, relevant and high quality individualized reading and mathematics instruction.*
New Century’s adaptive online Diagnostic Test helps teachers identify students in need of Early Intervening Services and provides baseline performance data in separate skills or “strands” of learning. Data from the Diagnostic Test is also used by the algorithms to automatically create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) prescribed for each student.
Highly Individualized Instruction
Instruction begins with each student’s unique skill/knowledge base and builds to proficiency. The prescribed IEP is highly personalized, targeting specific skill gaps by learning objective rather than an entire level or unit of instruction, so learning is efficient with relatively quick gains. Each student progresses at their own pace. The software is infinitely patient, providing extended opportunities for students to master key instructional objectives.
Continuous Assessment to Adapt Instruction
Short interim assessments are embedded in the student’s lesson path after every few lessons. Using this data, the software automatically adjusts the IEP as students advance, adding remedial instruction when needed and accelerating quick learners through their lessons. Teachers are provided with continuous performance data to implement a Response to Intervention model. (See Response to Intervention)
Standards Aligned Curriculum
The Intelligent Tutoring System utilizes rigorous content correlated to Common Core State Standards. The research based curriculum and individualized lesson paths support the needs of Special Ed teachers to successfully instruct across multiple skill levels and content areas. New Century’s curriculum uses examples from science, history, and geography to teach cross curricular content that is age appropriate, even for older students struggling with lower level reading and math skills.
The Intelligent Tutoring System’s pedagogically sound instructional design accommodates the individual learning styles, multiple intelligences, and interests of Special Ed students. Extensive use of aural instruction, combined with on-screen content and illustrations in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, creates a multidimensional learning environment for Special Needs students. New Century also uses different forms of interactivity (drag and drop, fill in the blank, hotspot, matching) found on the PARCC, Smarter Balanced, GED and other tests. Most importantly, the lessons are designed to function like a digital tutor providing guided instruction. The digital tutor introduces concepts and provides feedback at each step of the exercises used to confirm a student’s increasing understanding of the learning objective. Ultimately, students complete items independently to confirm mastery. Struggling students automatically receive additional instruction within the lesson.
Teacher Management System
Teachers can access assessment results and instructional IEPs quickly, and can efficiently manage the learning of students at varied ability levels. These reports, along with Parent Letters (automatically generated and available in English and Spanish), provide an efficient means for teachers to populate IEP folders and inform parents regularly of their student’s progress.
New Century Delivers the Components for all Tiers of Your District’s RtI Model (See Response to Intervention)
Results with Special Needs Students Confirmed in Research
The research using New Century software includes a randomized/controlled study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency among juvenile justice students, 38% of which were special needs students. The study was reviewed by Rand Corporation as part of a metastudy reviewing 157 research manuscripts to identify what works in the education of juvenile justice students. This study using New Century software as the “intensive, personalized, competency-based instructional model tailored to each student’s academic development” among the experimental group was one of only two interventions cited by Rand out of the 157 studies that “showed particular promise.” Graduation rates were higher among the experimental group (44.1 versus 22.0 percent). “Differences were pronounced and statistically significant in all three diploma categories, though they were greatest in the GED and special diploma categories.” See summary of report: Rand-NCCD Study
It is important to note that students typically will progress in proportion to their time on task with the Intelligent Tutoring System. Implementing New Century both in school and with assigned lessons to be completed at home will increase learning time and learning gains.
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*Due to attributes inherent in the instructional software, the program may not be appropriate for students in the following categories, which comprise less than 1% of the population of students ages 6 through 17 nationally:
- Hearing Impairment – if student is unable to hear audio instruction
- Visual Impairment
- Orthopedic Impairment – if student lacks ability to use a keyboard