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The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions. Sample Syllabi Collection Our Sample Syllabi Collection is designed to offer examples of the ways in which IRIS resources about evidence-based practices can be integrated into coursework about all students, especially those with disabilities. Read More > New STAR Legacy Module on Secondary Transition This new resource covers topics including the importance of IEP planning, helping students to become better advocates for their own needs, and the critical role of outside agencies such as vocational rehabilitation.

RTI Forms and Checklists Featured Term Universal Screening A quick check of all students’ current levels of performance in a content or skill area. This is administered three times per year. More Terms » Support RTI Sample Items and Performance Tasks Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments. The sample items and performance tasks are intended to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and preparing for next-generation assessments. They provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system. While the items and tasks are not intended to be used as sample tests, educators can use them to begin planning the shifts in instruction that will be required to help students meet the demands of the new assessments.

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