ERIC Number: ED353725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Young Children for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education.
This technical assistance document provides guidelines for child assessment and eligibility determination for early intervention and early childhood special education programs in Oregon. An overview of the assessment process explains screening, eligibility evaluation, and assessment for the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). Legal requirements for determining eligibility under state law are then presented. Recommendations for assessment practices cover: examiner characteristics, gathering multiple sources of information, parent involvement, testing efficiency and sequence, adapting standardized assessments, and informed clinical opinion. Recommendations for planning an assessment address selection of an assessment battery, location of the assessment, observations in natural settings, and cultural competence in assessment. Child factors (such as visual or hearing impairment) that influence assessment are identified. Guidelines for test administration address examiner qualifications and procedures for learning to administer a new test. Finally, components of the multidisciplinary team report are considered. Appendices include tables comparing screening instruments, lists of instruments for determining eligibility, and lists of instruments for IFSP assessment and progress documentation. Also appended are definitions, the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education, samples of multidisciplinary team reports, and eight references. (DB)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Decision Making, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Eligibility, Evaluation Methods, Preschool Education, Special Education, State Legislation, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
Oregon Department of Education, Resource Dissemination, 700 Pringle Pkwy., S.E., Salem, OR 97310-0290 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Special Education Section.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon