Inclusive Classrooms: Are Teachers Ready to Support Students with Learning Differences?
Benetech 2019 School Preparedness Survey
Inclusive education is on the rise, but are teachers ready to support all learners? A report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities and Understood found that while students with learning differences spend over 80% of their time in general education classrooms, only 17% of general education teachers felt very well prepared to teach students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. While this low percentage may seem alarming, general education teachers have support from a team of inclusive education experts.
For this second annual survey, we polled over 1,000 special education teachers,
assistive technology specialists, education therapists, and other teachers that
work with students with reading barriers about how they are feeling for the
2019-2020 school year. The results show a league of inclusive education
superheroes, who are prepared to support their students’ diverse needs.
Perceptions of Student Preparedness are on the Rise, but Still Lag Behind Teacher Preparedness
While nearly three quarters of all teachers surveyed feel
prepared for the 2019-2020 school year, less than half believe that their
students with reading barriers are prepared. But, teacher perceptions of
student preparedness are on the rise, with 48% of teachers reporting that they
believe their students are prepared this year, compared to 40% of teachers in
The Survey Identified Five Factors That Contribute to Preparedness
Five factors contributed to teacher and student preparedness:
- Access to technology
- Access to books in formats students need
- Percentage of students who receive free or reduced price school meals
- Support from school administration
- Teacher role
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