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Study Questions Effectiveness Of One-To-Ones In Special Ed

October 08, 2015

Many students receiving special education services are supported by one-to-ones, but new research suggests these assistants may not be pulling their weight. A study looking at how one-to-ones spent their time in nearly four-dozen autism support classrooms finds that paraprofessionals are engaged in instruction or support just 57 percent of the time. By contrast, teachers were engaged in such activities 98 percent of the time while classroom assistants were involved 91 percent of the time. "The low rate of one-to-one assistants' engagement suggests an inefficient use of an important resource," wrote researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington and the University of California, Riverside in their findings published online this month in the journal Teacher Education and Special Education. To read more, click here

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