ERIC Number: ED395430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Including Students with Disabilities in Statewide Assessment and Accountability Systems: A Study of the Issues.
Education Service Center Region 4, Houston, TX.
This study examined critical issues related to including students with disabilities in the Texas assessment and accountability system and recommended a plan of action to address these issues. The statewide stakeholder group examining the issues focused particularly on local implementation barriers. The report begins with a discussion of assessment and accountability practices in Texas, followed by examination of four critical areas identified by the focus group: participation, accommodations, reporting, and implementation. High stakes accountability was seen as the underlying barrier to greater participation rates in state assessments by students with disabilities. Local variability and inconsistencies in allowable accommodations were found. Many questions about reporting of results for these students were raised, and significant obstacles to implementing expanded assessment and accountability systems were found. The recommended action plan addresses networking, research, and development in the four major areas. Appendices include details on the project, information on its national context, resource documents used, and information on related issues. (Contains 23 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Change Strategies, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Focus Groups, Program Implementation, School Districts, Standards, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations, Testing Programs
Region IV Education Service Center, ATTN: Dr. Francine Holland, 7145 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092 ($7 per copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Education Service Center Region 4, Houston, TX.