Learning Literacy Glossary

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Eligibility Category or Classification

One or more of the categories identified in IDEA to qualify a child for special education services.


An intervention, tool, or practice that meets one of the four evidence levels in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by ESSA (strong, moderate, promising, or demonstrates a rationale).

Executive Functioning

Learning processes like the ability to plan, organize, problem-solve, sustain attention, and manage tasks and schedules.

Explicit Instruction

Teaching that is direct and step-by-step, including explaining and showing how to do something.


The ability to read "like you talk." To change your voice and pause when reading to emphasize the meaning of the story.

Expressive Language

Language that you use to communicate.