Imagine Learning makes every effort to employ features and accommodations for students including ELL and students holding IEPs or 504s. These accommodations include addressing multiple learning styles, accommodations for assessments, video captions/transcripts, color and contrast considerations, read-aloud and translation tools, multiple representations of key concepts (verbal, concrete manipulative, numerical, graphical, and symbolic), and many other features/accommodations.
Accessibility in K-5 Courses
Elementary students complete age-appropriate, engaging lessons delivered through an innovative digital learning platform that includes standards-aligned, research-based content, giving them complete control over their personalized learning environment. A variety of student support tools are available and include translation support for 65 languages with text-to-speech capabilities for 30 languages. These supports also include a glossary with a picture dictionary option and video transcripts. To encourage fluency when students are learning to read and transitioning to reading to learn, screen readers with a human voice are available to assist students in grades K-3.
Availability of multi-lingual materials and resources in 6-12 courses
For ELL students (or any other students with language challenges), teachers can enable Imagine Learning’s robust language-support features. This toolset allows students to hear on-screen text read aloud. It also includes translation options to help newcomers access content in English; these students can have on-screen text translated into over 60 supported languages. Highlighted text can be translated into Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Maori, Marathi, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Shona, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yoruba. Students can hear text read aloud in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Arabic, allowing all students to interact with the text. ELL students are also supported through the use of sheltered instruction techniques such as:
- Sharing lesson objectives with students in writing and verbally
- Emphasizing key vocabulary
- Using speech appropriate for students’ proficiency level
- Explaining all academic tasks clearly
- Allowing students to control the pace of instruction through pause/rewind/replay
- Regular feedback on student input/work
Video Captions and Transcripts in 6-12 Courses
Video captions and transcripts are available to meet the needs of the hearing-impaired and students needing visual reinforcement of auditory instructions. (Imagine Learning provides video captions in English and transcripts are available in seven languages.)
Use of Multi-Tiered System of Student Supports/Response to Intervention
All students receive personalized core instruction to support mastery, including the ability to pause and rewind instructional videos, work at their own pace, and view supplemental resources and additional lessons and activities based on individual performance. Success coaches monitor a constant stream of student data to identify students at risk of not attaining mastery. When a student does not meet achievement targets for a lesson or unit, the coach schedules small-group tutoring for that student. Deeper one-on-one intervention can also be prescribed as needed. Students with IEP’s receive support/intervention as indicated by their IEP.
Assistance for students preparing for F.A.S.T, EOC, and statewide assessments:
These students have access to a wide range of support. Within the core curriculum, students have a rich toolset, including text-to-speech, translation, text highlighters, online notes, and text supports such as teacher’s notes and audio commentary. To support targeted literacy instruction, Imagine Learning also offers Foundational Skills in Mathematics for both middle- and high-school students. These courses are fully aligned to the Florida course descriptions and include synchronous instruction.
Compliance with third grade retention requirements
Imagine Learning will prepare students for success on the statewide Florida’s Assessment of Student Thinking (F.A.S.T.), however Imagine Learning teachers do not maintain a reading portfolio for students in grade 3.
In compliance with Florida law [section 1008.25(5), Florida Statutes (F.S.)], third grade students who do not score of Level 2 or above on the statewide Florida’s Assessment of Student Thinking (F.A.S.T.) will be retained (not promoted to grade 4).