ERIC Number: ED375588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Recommendations for Making Decisions about the Participation of Students with Disabilities in Statewide Assessment Programs: A Report on a Working Conference To Develop Guidelines for Statewide Assessments and Students with Disabilities. Synthesis Report 15.
Ysseldyke, James E.; And Others
This report is a summary of a May 1994 meeting on the participation of students with disabilities in statewide assessment programs. The report reviews the background of the meeting, states the issues addressed, and summarizes the major points of agreement reached. A set of recommendations is offered for making participation and accommodation decisions. Nineteen major points are summarized, including: there is a lack of understanding of the magnitude of exclusion of students with disabilities in state assessment programs; and approximately 85 percent of these students could be included with or without some accommodations. Issues still to be resolved in the areas of parent involvement, scoring nonparticipants, and norm-referenced versus criterion-referenced assessments are identified, as are assumptions underlying participation and accommodation decisions. Recommended practices include the following: (1) include students with disabilities in statewide assessments at three points--instrument development, instrument administration, and reporting of results; (2) accommodations and adaptations should be considered when needed, including presentation adaptations, response adaptations, setting adaptations, and timing/scheduling adaptations; and (3) mechanisms to check on implementation should be put into place, such as conducting follow-up studies of excluded and included students, removing incentives for exclusion, and reviewing requests for new forms of testing modifications. Appendices list the meeting participants and agenda and present a possible checklist for decision making. (DB)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Inclusive Schools, Policy Formation, Secondary School Students, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations, Testing Programs
Publications Office, National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Cloud State Univ., MN.; National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.