The Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest district in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, needed a curriculum to meet the needs of students with significant disabilities served by 375 educators and 600 special needs classrooms across the district.
HISD faced a daunting task to find a comprehensive, standards-based, grade-level curriculum that aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and supported an alternate assessment, the State of Texas Assessment of Academi Readiness-Alternate 2 (STAAR® Alternate 2).
After an exhaustive search, HISD chose n2y’s Unique Learning System, an online, dynamic, standards-based curriculum designed for students with special needs. Unique Learning System delivers lesson plans that define three levels of differentiated tasks to accommodate a diversity of learners with significant disabilities. The solution’s GPS (Goals, Preferences and Skills) offers assessments that track student growth and progress, along with student, classroom and program goals to enable data-driven instruction.
HISD implemented Unique Learning System over a two-year period, piloting in the first year with full implementation in the second year. Hoping to see improved student outcomes and achievements, the district used Unique Learning System’s Checkpoint Assessments, administered at the beginning and end of each month to measure what students know before and after instruction, to gauge student progress from the 2013 to 2016 school years. With Average Post-Test Checkpoint scores showing an overall 11.3 percent increase in accuracy, HISD has achieved its desired result with Unique Learning System.
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