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Institute of Educational Sciences (U.S. Department of Education).

II/USP (Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program)

The Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program was designed to encourage a schoolwide improvement program in schools with very low test scores and to provide assistance and intervention. Schools in the lowest five deciles of API scores were eligible if they did not meet their API targets. It was replaced in 2002 with HPSGP, a similar program. (Ed-data)

Immersion Education

A program that teaches children to speak, read, and write in a second language by surrounding them with conversation and instruction in that language. Note that English immersion may differ from other immersion programs.


The practice of placing students with disabilities in regular classrooms. Also known as mainstreaming. (Ed Source)

Independent Study

Specially designed instruction in courses taught through a variety of delivery methods that complement traditional high school curricula and provide an accredited diploma.

Individual Education Program (IEP

A written plan created for a student with learning disabilities by the student's teachers, parents or guardians, the school administrator, and other interested parties. The plan is tailored to the student's specific needs and abilities, and outlines goals for the student to reach. The IEP should be reviewed at least once a year.

Informal knowledge

Knowledge about a topic that children learn through experience outside of the classroom.


A process in which students investigate a problem devise and work through a plan to solve the problem and propose a solution to the problem.

Instructional Minutes

Refers to the amount of time the state requires teachers to spend providing instruction in each subject area.

Integrated Curriculum

Refers to the practice of using a single theme to teach a variety of subjects. It also refers to a interdisciplinary curriculum, which combines several school subjects into one project.

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