ERIC Number: ED196928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Self Study Guide for Non-Biased Assessment.
Northeast Regional Resource Center, Hightstown, NJ.; New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Bureau of Pupil Personnel Services.
This self study guide attempts through a series of questions to call the reader's attention to possible sources of bias in the comprehensive assessment procedure. Beginning when someone considers the possibility that a child has an educational handicap, the questions move through preparation and assessment, scoring, interpretation, report writing and team decision-making activities. The question format was chosen and the text written in the first person singular to emphasize the individual professional responsibility of each person involved in the special education eligibility decision. Should a child study team review the guide as a group, simple modification of the language can be made. Several references are made to the child's language. The home language is the one used by the family for everyday communication. Whether the child is able to use another language easily needs to be determined before an assessment is conducted. The critical issue is whether the youngster is sufficiently fluent in English for it to be the language of communication during an assessment. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast Regional Resource Center, Hightstown, NJ.; New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Bureau of Pupil Personnel Services.