Special Education Faculty Members Receive $1.4 Million Grant from IES

Assistant Professor Jessica Toste has received a $1.4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences for their project, Collaborative Teacher Expertise in Data-Based Decision Making for Reading Intervention: Development of the EXPERT Training Program.

Over the next four years, the team will develop and test the EXPERT Program. They will recruit teaching dyads consisting of one special and one general education teacher who work with third to fifth graders with reading disabilities, including dyslexia. They aim to work with teachers from more than 100 elementary schools across five school districts in Central Texas.

The goal of the EXPERT Program is to develop teachers’ expertise in data-based decision making to improve their ability to evaluate student assessment data, to understand when ineffective interventions should be changed, and to identify how interventions should be individualized by using evidence-based practices.

Toste is the principal investigator and Nathan Clemens, associate professor, is a co-principal investigator on the four-year study. Both are in the Department of Special Education in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Greg Roberts, associate director of the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, is also a co-investigator on the project.

This project is 100 percent funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.