The Time is Now: The Increased Need for Differentiated Instruction in Primary and Secondary Classrooms

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022)
Title: The Time is Now: The Increased Need for Differentiated Instruction in Primary and Secondary Classrooms
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation
Stephanie Bain, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, United States
Nicole Morris, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, United States


Research shows that if students do meet the educational goals of their assigned grade's reading and writing skills, it can take them 3-5 years to make up for that lost instruction. Within the last two years, teachers have been educating an increased number of students that have not met their educational goals. The importance of differentiation is at an all-time high as well as the need for educators to strive to meet the needs all their students. This can be challenging when trying to plan for daily instruction. Whether it is the time it takes to create lessons, or the actual implementation of it, teachers may struggle to keep up with all the demands. Differentiating instruction asks teachers to continually strive to know and to respond to each student’s needs to maximize learning. Sometimes it can be overwhelming and difficult to manage. By specifically looking at the state of Texas, one can get an idea of how large countries/states might use Texas’s successes to enhance their educational processes. Texas is the second-most populous U.S. state, with a 2020 U.S. census resident population of 29,145,505. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the state of Texas has experienced strong population growth. Texas has many major cities and metropolitan areas, along with many towns and rural areas. As a sovereign country, Texas would be the 10th largest economy in the world by Gross Domestic Product. This workshop assesses learning gaps that have occurred over the last ten years in the State of Texas while addressing the learning gaps created over the last two years. Data will be used gathered from the State of Texas STAAR test results as well as other data from the Texas Education Agency. This is not an isolated situation in one country, city or town. This is a worldwide issue. This workshop showcases the areas that Texas students are struggling, the educational implementations and their results.

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