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Success rate of students with mild to moderate learning disabilities in different educational settings

This research study examined the success rates of students with mild to moderate learning disabilities in different educational settings. With the introduction of Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) the practice of inclusion has brought more students with mild to moderate learning disabilities into general education classes. This research looks at the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) scores of students with mild to moderate learning disabilities enrolled in general education classes and those students enrolled in special education classes. The research also looks at the struggles teacher face with inclusion through a survey given to secondary teachers. The results showed that there is minor differences in scores between the students with disabilities enrolled in general education classes versus those students enrolled in special education classes for their core classes. The results from the teacher survey showed that teachers need more professional development, collaboration time, and support from their administration team when teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities in their general education classes.

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