Mission & Action

The Challenge:

There is a critical national need to improve outcomes for students with disabilities who require intensive intervention due to persistent learning and behavior problems. The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reports that in 2015, 67 percent of fourth-graders and 64 percent of eighth-graders with disabilities reported “below basic” reading skills. Similarly, 46 percent of fourth-graders and 68 percent of eighth-graders with disabilities performed “below basic” in math in 2015. Data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) indicate that a large percentage had serious discipline problems in school, left school without graduating, and were unemployed or worked on low paying jobs as young adults. These national data paint a stark picture of poor academic and behavior outcomes for students with disabilities. Additionally, and unfortunately, poor outcomes persist through the elementary, middle, and high school years and contribute to a lack of career and college readiness for most youth with disabilities.

What We Know:
Rigorous research (including RCTs) has shown that educating these students, whom teachers find among the hardest to teach, begins with a validated instruction platform that is “personalized” using data-based individualization (DBI). We believe that DBI is the engine that powers a dynamic, continuous interplay between assessment and intervention to improve outcomes for the neediest students.

Our Mission

Our mission is to build capacity of state and local education agencies, universities, practitioners, and other stakeholders to support implementation of intensive intervention in reading, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs.

What We’re Doing About It:
In order to accomplish our mission, the NCII will establish technical review committees, provide intensive implementation support, and conduct a summative evaluation.

  • Technical Review Committees: Members will establish evaluative standards and review the rigor of the intervention platforms, assessment tools, and implementation strategies needed for DBI.
  • Intensive Implementation Support: Experienced Center Trainers will support implementation of data-based individaulization. Their support will include training and coaching on DBI, at implementation workshops and via mentoring onsite and at a distance.
  • Summative Evaluation: Researchers will employ rigorous, experimental methods to test our success in building the capacity of our partners to implement DBI to deliver intensive interventions that improve students’ academic and behavioral performance in Grades K–12.