ERIC Number: ED404802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Questions and Answers: Tough Questions about Accountability Systems and Students with Disabilities. Synthesis Report 24.
Thurlow, Martha; And Others
This report uses a question-and-answer format to address questions raised by parents, educators, and community members concerning accountability and inclusion of students with disabilities in educational assessment programs. The philosophy underlying the inclusion of all students in educational accountability systems is based on three assumptions: that all students can learn; that schools are responsible for measuring the progress of learners; and that the learning progress of all students should be measured. The 37 questions and responses are grouped under four topics, which include participation, accommodations, reporting, and implementation. The questions address such issues as why students with disabilities should take the same test as other students; whether it is fair for students with disabilities to use special accommodations for testing; whether such testing is excessive; and whether test results of students with disabilities should be reported together with or separate from the results of general education students. Questions are answered using empirical data when available, and best practice recommendations are offered. (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Data Collection, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Standards, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.