ERIC Number: ED375568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Performance Assessment and Students with Disabilities: Usage in Outcomes-Based Accountability Systems. Performance Assessment: CEC Mini-Library.
McLaughlin, Margaret J.; Warren, Sandra Hopfengardner
As part of the educational reform movement, states and local districts have implemented outcomes-based accountability for student outcomes. Outcomes-based accountability systems are using results of both traditional assessments, such as norm-referenced tests, and authentic performance assessments in an effort to measure broad domains of student knowledge. Issues in using performance assessments in large-scale on-demand assessment programs include the costs associated with administration and reliability in scoring. The level of rigor applied to assessment of outcomes for nondisabled students compared to students who are receiving special education services is being considered. Issues in using performance assessments for students with disabilities include defining the outcomes to be assessed, developing performance standards, developing assessment accommodations, and scoring. Five performance assessment programs that have taken various approaches to the inclusion of students with disabilities are described; these include Kentucky; Maryland; Vermont; Littleton, Colorado; and Arlington Heights, Illinois. Interviews with representatives of these programs indicated that students with disabilities could be exempted from participation in the assessment program (except in Kentucky) and that decisions to exempt were typically made by Individualized Education Program teams. (Contains 29 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Outcomes of Education, Performance Based Assessment, School Districts, State Programs, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Testing Accommodations
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 ($8.90 non-members, $6.25 members; Stock No. P5061; $32 set, non-members, $22.50 set, members; Stock No. P5062).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA. ERIC/OSEP Special Project on Interagency Information Dissemination.