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  • CAST offers a number of robust (and free) learning tools. These tools, designed and tested as part of CAST’s research projects, help educators, parents, and students experience the power of flexible learning environments.

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    Senior Research Scientist

    Dr. Jess Gropen’s research on executive function and conceptual change not only contributes to contemporary research in cognitive science on the development of mathematical and scientific thinking in early childhood, but also offers effective strategies to close STEM learning opportunity gaps for children from low-income communities. ...

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    Chair, Massachusetts Gaming Commission

    A member of CAST's Board of Directors since 1995 and chair/co-chair from 2004 to 2015, Stephen P. Crosby was named the first chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in December 2011. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Crosby served as Founding Dean ...

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    CAST, 2013

    CAST offers recommendations to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to improve its proposed accommodations for students with disabilities who take PARCC’s large-scale assessment. The accommodations in question concern reading and the use of calculators.

  • CAST is a multifaceted organization with a singular ambition: Bust the barriers to learning that millions of people experience every day. We do this by helping educators and organizations apply insights from the learning sciences and leading-edge practices to educational design and implementation.

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    CAST, 2013

    CAST responds to a request by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) for comments on its draft PARCC Accommodations Manual for the organization’s large-scale assessment. In this statement, CAST points out five areas where the assessments could be improved to make them more accessible and effective for learners, especially those with disabilities.

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    Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development

    As Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, Sam Catherine Johnston provides thought and operational leadership in CAST’s workforce/postsecondary opportunities.

  • Photo of the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    This past December, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind. And for the first time, the nation’s general K-12 education law defines and endorses Universal Design for Learning.

  • UDL is found in many public policies in the U.S. around K-12 education, higher education, educational technology, and workforce development.

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    CAST, 2013

    CAST responds to the U.S. Department of Education Guidance on Title I Peer Review Process

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