Effective Programs for Students at Risk

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Much more is known about how to best prevent and remediate learning deficits than is being applied. However, much remains to be learned about effective programs for students at risk of failure. Major restructuring of compensatory and special education programs in the early grades is needed to ensure all students an adequate level of basic skills for later years. This book provides information on effective programs for students at risk and lays a groundwork for program changes. Three major types of programs--compensatory, special education, and general education--are analyzed through review of their history, legal requirements, and practical restraints. Examples of effective classroom, pullout, preschool, and kindergarten programs and their principles are described. Instructional issues for teaching students at risk are addressed. Results from a study of 24 schools on the quality of compensatory education and instructional settings, activities, and other design features related to achievement gain are given as well as effective strategies for academically handicapped students in the regular classroom. A redesign of programs is offered and conclusions are drawn for new practices and policies. References appear at the end of every chapter, and an index is included. (EJS)

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