Project Rise

Project RISE: Examining Teachers' Reading Instruction, Supports, and Expertise for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Project RISE is an early career development grant funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (R324B210020). The goals of the project are as follows:

- Examine reading instruction for students with IDD in grades 1-5 who may receive services for intellectual disability, autism, multiple disabilities or other categories;

- Analyze reading instruction for students with IDD in relation to goals and related services as outlined on their individualized education programs (IEPs);

- Identify characteristics of students and teachers that may be associated with high-quality teaching practices;

- Investigate the relation of instructional practices to student reading growth. 

The project will address the following research questions: (1) What types of reading instruction (practices and content) do special education teachers provide to students with IDD in grades 1-5? (2) What are the patterns of reading growth demonstrated by students with IDD and what types of reading practices and content are related to greater growth? (3) Are there student-level (cognitive, behavioral, linguistic) characteristics or teacher-level skills, such as knowledge of reading development, that moderate the relation between instruction and growth?

Read more about Project RISE here