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Special Education Resources

A resource for educators looking for ideas on how to support students with individual needs.

Online courses are a useful tool for educators to support students. Students have individual needs to be successful in their coursework, and Edgenuity's lessons are designed to support students with various needs. Students with disabilities, in particular, are diverse and could struggle in one or more of the following areas:

  • attention
  • memory
  • background knowledge
  • vocabulary
  • language processes
  • strategy knowledge
  • spatial use
  • self-regulation. 

Edgenuity's lessons feature a highly-qualified, certified on-screen instructor. The instructor:

  • delivers explicit instruction
  • orients students to the lessons
  • relates concepts to real-life examples
  • offers a clear and concise explanation of the subject matter. 

Concepts and skills within the lessons are split into 2-5 minute segments. Each step of a complex skill is modeled and practiced individually before practicing all the steps as a unified sequence. Various instructional formats and multiple representations are used within the lessons to accommodate the variety of learning styles and abilities of students. Students then demonstrate skill mastery by using multiple forms of communication techniques including reading, writing, exploring, creating, and discussing. Real-world examples are used throughout lessons to cultivate student interest, support self-regulation, and maintain motivation.

Read our Issue Brief on Supporting Students with Disabilities to learn more about how Edgenuity can meet the needs of many students with disabilities and a paper on Edgenuity's course design.

Below are some ways accommodations in an online class can help support students with disabilities:

Traditional Classroom Edgenuity Option
Large print text Screen resolution, browser
Test/Assessments are read aloud Text-to-speech toolbar
Directions given in simple language On-screen instructor reads the instructions
Fewer items placed on one page Lesson design breaks content into digestible chunks
Cues Various communication options
Device that filter out extraneous sounds Headset
Amplification equipment Headset and computer


Tools found in Edgenuity content to support elementary students (Pathblazer/HyBridge)

  • Some activities have downloadable transcripts and/or review video online
  • A hint button includes examples from explicit instruction
  • Audio available to have text read aloud
  • Age-appropriate writing processors
    • scaffolds the writing process from pre-writing through the final draft including an equation editor
  • Embedded toolbar provides access to a variety of tools including a messenger linked directly to the teacher
  • An online forum for discussions on specific topics
  • Math Toolkit provides 13 virtual manipulatives that are embedded in math activities and can be used on-demand by students

Tools found in Edgenuity content to support middle and high school students:

  • Personalized student course map, with due dates, progress reports, scores and feedback, and more
  • CloseReaderTM
  • Digital “eNotes” notebook and guided notes
  • Scaffolded eWriting environment to scaffold students through the writing process for extended essays
  • Word look-up/lesson glossaries
  • Rubrics and manipulatives to support instructional activities
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Text Translation
  • Video captions and transcripts
  • Digital highlighters
  • Course-specific tools, such as calculators and interactive reference material
  • Segmented learning
  • Pause and play to allow for scheduled breaks

Additional ideas for students with specific needs:

Ideas Used in a Traditional Classroom Edgenuity Option How-To Link
Multiple Testing Sessions Retakes, Save and Exit, Intervention Editing the Course Options for a Student- Assessment Options Defined- Allow Save/Exit on Assessments & Fail Attempts Allowed
Oral Presentation/Read Aloud Text-to-Speech/Text Translation Enabling Text-to-Speech
Enabling Text Translation
Provide Notes Access to Transcript Viewing the Closed Captioning
Extended Testing Time Extended Time (Up to double) through Course Options Editing the Course Options for a Student- Time Limits for Assessments
Study Guide Access to eNotes Editing the Course Options for a Student- Assessment Options Defined- Allow eNotes on Assessments
Review for Test and Quizzes Quiz with Correct Answers Editing the Course Options for a Student- Quiz Review Method- Questions and Correct Answers
Allow Student to Retake a Higher or Passing Score Allow for Retakes (max 4) Editing the Course Options for a Student- Assessment Options Defined> Fail Attempts Allowed
Segmented Learning Customizing Customizing Courses- customize courses to smaller sections so that students only see a few lessons at a time
Targeted Courseware Customizing Customizing Courses- take out certain parts of a lesson to reduce the amount of coursework a student is required to complete or add a lesson personalized for a student with a specific need

Courses that are Screen Reader Compatible

The following courses are fully screen reader compatible with alternate text for images: 

  • Algebra I MA3109
  • Algebra II MA3111
  • Geometry MA3110
  • Integrated Math I
  • Integrated Math II
  • Integrated Math III
  • ELA 9 3009
  • ELA 10 3010
  • ELA 11 3011
  • ELA 12 3012
  • US History I SS3308
  • US History II SS3311
  • US History Survey SS3313
  • World History Modern SS3316
  • World History Survey SS3310
  • Economics SS3314
  • US Government SS3315
  • Contemporary Health EL3404
  • Physical Science SC3208
  • Earth Science SC3207
  • Biology SC3209
  • Chemistry SC3210
  • Physics SC3211