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Effective Programs in Middle and High School Mathematics: A Best Evidence Synthesis

What mathematics programs have been proven to help middle and high school students to succeed? To find out, this review summarizes evidence on three types of programs designed to improve the mathematics achievement of students in grades 6-12: Mathematics Curricula (MC), such as The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, Connected Mathematics, Saxon Math, and…

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Effective Programs for Elementary Mathematics: A Best Evidence Synthesis

What mathematics programs have been proven to help elementary students to succeed? To find out, this review summarizes evidence on three types of programs designed to improve the mathematics achievement of students in grades K-6: Mathematics Curricula (MC), such as Everyday Mathematics, Saxon Math, and other standard and alternative textbooks. Computer assisted instruction (CAI), such…

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About the Best Evidence Encyclopedia

The Best Evidence Encyclopedia is a free web site created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE) under funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to give educators and researchers fair and useful information about the strength of the evidence…

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v 1.7 Educational Placement Options For A Child With Disabilities

The educational placement of a child with disabilities is an important aspect of a child’s education. [pullquote position=”right”]Evaluations of children with disabilities must be conducted by the school district at least every three years.[/pullquote]The options range from an inclusive educational environment where children with disabilities are educated alongside typical students, to the most restrictive environments…

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The Bottom Line Report – Understanding Rising Special Education Costs in Massachusetts and the Real Cost to State Taxpayers

Between 2006 and 2012, special education costs in Massachusetts increased by 56% compared to 36% for all of public education.  As the educators of students with the most severe disabilities, C766 schools are often blamed for what appear to be high tuition prices.  maaps is pleased to release The Bottom Line Report which sheds new…

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Governor Patrick Announces FY ’14 Budget – No Tuition Rate Freeze!!

TO:                  maaps Members FROM:                        Lauren Burm Today, Governor Patrick released his proposed FY ’14 state budget that includes $34.8 billion in spending that relies on $1.2 billion in new tax revenue to support investments in education and transportation. Under the budget proposal, Chapter 70 funding for local school districts would increase by $226 million to…

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Special Educators Responding to the Newtown Tragedy

Stephanie Ward, President, Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools As members of maaps, Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools, we have all been profoundly touched by the events of the Newtown school tragedy. We are educators dedicated to serving the most vulnerable and impaired students in Massachusetts, students whose special needs are best…

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Contact Your Legislator and Ask for Their Support to Improve Gun Control in Massachusetts.

MEMBER COMMUNICATION In light of last month’s tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, the maaps Board of Directors has prepared a statement citing the need to improve gun control in Massachusetts. To read maaps’ response to the Newtown tragedy, please click here. ­­­­ Additionally, maaps is asking all member schools’ staff, Boards of Directors, families and advocates to…

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Launch of the New Action Network!

MEMBER COMMUNICATION To:                   maaps Members From:              Lauren Burm, Director of Public Advocacy maaps is very excited to announce the launch of the new and improved Action Network! The new Action Network features “three click advocacy” that makes it easier than ever to take action!  If you aren’t already a member – join today! You can…

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v1.6 What Do I Do If I, The Parent(s) or Legal Guardian(s), Disagree With The Decisions of The School Team

Disagreements between the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) (collectively referred to as “Parents” in this article) of a child and the school team are very common. These disagreements may concern relatively discrete areas such as Individual Education Plan goals and objectives, or the frequency of a particular service such as speech therapy, occupational or physical therapy,…

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