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Universal Design of Learning
PLTW Program Information
The Getting Started Guide provides information on each of PLTW’s three programs:
History and Impact
PLTW launched in 1997 in 12 high schools in upstate New York as a program designed to address the shortage of engineering students at the college level. The non-profit organization has experienced steady growth over the years. In the 2012-13 school year, more than 4,700 middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs.
• PLTW alumni are studying engineering and technology at five to 10 times the average rate of all students.
• PLTW students have a higher retention rate in college engineering, science, and related programs than other students in those areas.
• 97% of PLTW seniors intend to pursue a four-year degree or higher, whereas the national average is 67%.
• 80% of PLTW seniors say they will study engineering, technology, or computer science in college, whereas the national average is 32%.
• PLTW students achieve significantly higher scores in reading, mathematics, and science than Career and Technical Education (CTE) students in the same schools in similar CTE fields.
Where is PLTW under UDL?
PLTW program integrates multiple means of action & expression by engaging students in the variety curriculum activities.
PLTW provide multiple means of engagement by giving an option to the students to come up with their own project ideas.
Educator's Worksheet for UDL Guidelines.
2.1 Clarify vocabulary and symbols yes
6.1 Guide appropriate goal setting yes
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