Step 8: Implement, Evaluate, and Adjust the Adaptation

Once a student has been taught how to use the adaptation, it should be used systematically. Then instruction should begin with strategies that will gradually increase the student's independence and make the adaptation less necessary.

As the adaptation is implemented, the teacher should evaluate its effect to determine whether the desired outcomes are being achieved. For example, if a study guide has been developed to help the student retrieve information from the text, the evaluation should focus on whether the student can now answer the questions about the text correctly. If not, adjustments will be needed in the study guide or in how the student is using the study guide. The use of adaptations should significantly reduce failure and learning difficulties. If an adaptation does not do this, then the previous steps may need to be revisited.

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