ERIC Number: ED375551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Students' Needs: A Guide for Developing and Implementing Assessment Procedures for Students Encountering Educational Challenges.
Samuels, Marilyn T.
This manual, intended to help administrators, specialists, and teachers in Alberta, Canada, understand a problem-solving, process-based approach to assessment of special needs students using multiple sources of information. Assessment outcomes are viewed as describing needs and influencing education programs, rather than being used to provide labels or justification for why students are not learning. The manual stresses the importance of an effective team assessment program based on well-articulated policies and procedures. The introductory chapter discusses the premises of the manual, assumptions about its users, and the format and structure of the manual. Section 1 is an assessment workbook with chapters which help the user examine current assessment knowledge, beliefs, and practices; consider the definition and purpose of assessment; and work through the assessment process using two sample scenarios. Section 2 focuses on critical issues in assessment, in chapters which cover: (1) a philosophy of educational assessment; (2) deciding who is to be assessed; (3) referral and assessment planning; (4) assessment procedures; and (5) assessment results. The final section offers guidelines for developing assessment policies and procedures. Contains 82 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Definitions, Educational Diagnosis, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Referral, Special Needs Students, Student Evaluation
Learning Resources Distributing Centre, 12360 - 142 St., Edmonton, Alberta T5L 4X9, Canada.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Special Educational Services Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada