ERIC Number: ED220502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Implications of the Louisiana Basic Skills Test for Special Education Students.
Gillespie, Ellen B.
The legislation mandating Louisiana's Basic Skills Test was consistent with federal legislation in specifically including special education students. The development of policy alternatives for the testing of these students, however, was a complex process. Related issues include: (1) inclusion/exclusion of special education students, (2) development of alternative standards for students not tested, (3) test procedural and format modifications, (4) issues involved in research based on the test performance of special education students, and (5) involvement of consumer advocacy organizations. Policy development in Louisiana has focused on individualizing decisions concerning test participation and modifications. Alternative standards have been developed for special education students not addressing state minimum skills. State Department of Education staff are working to solve difficulties in conducting research and reporting test scores of special education students. Consumer organizations are being involved in test development and implementation. (Author/BW)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Community Involvement, Elementary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Individualized Education Programs, Mental Retardation, Minimum Competency Testing, Physical Disabilities, Research Problems, Special Education, State Programs, Test Format, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Louisiana; Louisiana Basic Skills Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (New York, NY, March 20-22, 1982).