Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

MA Special Education


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Accardo, Amy

Committee Member 1

Kuder, Sydney J.

Committee Member 2

Xin, Joy


Achieve3000, Computer Assisted Instruction


Computer-assisted instruction; Language arts (Secondary)


Language and Literacy Education | Special Education and Teaching


This study was designed to assess the effects of the Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) program, Achieve3000, with students with disabilities. The focus of the study was to: (a) assess the effects of the program on the students' text-based reading comprehension, (b) critical thinking comprehension, and (c) how satisfied students were with the program. Seven students, two females and five males, participated in the study. All of the students receive special education services through an Individualized Education Program. A single subject ABAB design was utilized. In the baseline phase participants were asked to read expository text, presented to them on paper, and then asked to answer ten questions based upon the reading. The questions were both text-based and critical thinking. In the intervention phases the participants were asked to read expository text, presented through the online computer program, and asked to answer seven to eight questions based on the text. These questions were also a mix of text-based and critical thinking. Participants were then asked, at the end of the study, to fill out a survey about their experience and how satisfied they were with the use of the program. The results of the study show that the participants' critical thinking comprehension scores increased through the use of the Achieve3000 program. Conversely, the study also shows that the participants' text-based comprehension scores decreased. The majority of participants responded that they were satisfied with the use of the program.