Intervention: Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS)
Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS)© is an instructional program for use in
elementary school classrooms to improve student proficiency in reading
and math. It was developed for use with students with diverse academic
needs, including English language learners. Although other programs
emphasize peer-to-peer learning strategies that can be utilized in
classrooms, this report focuses on Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies
because of its possible usefulness with students with diverse academic
needs, including English language learners with learning disabilities.
One study of Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies for English language
learners met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards.
The study included 132 Spanish-speaking English language learners from
grades 3–6 in South Texas.1 The WWC considers the extent of evidence
for Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies to be small for reading achievement.
No studies that met WWC standards with or without reservations addressed
math achievement or English language development.
Peer-Assisted Learning Strategie s was found to have potentially positive
effects on reading achievement.
1 The evidence presented in this report is based on available research. Findings
and conclusions may change as new research becomes available.
2 These numbers show the average and range of improvement indices for all
findings across the study.
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