The Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest district in Texas and one of the largest in the U.S., lacked a cohesive program to meet the needs of students with significant disabilities served by 375 educators in 600 special needs classrooms across the district. HISD was challenged with finding a comprehensive, standards-based, grade-level solution that aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and supported an alternate assessment, the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness-Alternate 2 (STAAR® Alternate 2). After a careful review of seven programs, the district selected Unique Learning System, and over a two-year period, a designated “Unique All-Star Team” of program specialists and experienced teachers collaborated with n2y to optimize implementation. The team attributes its success to ongoing observations and data collection. Download the full report to see how student growth—and teacher satisfaction—improved with the help of progress monitoring using Unique Learning System’s Monthly Checkpoints, Benchmark Assessments, daily performance tracking and more.
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