ERIC Number: ED415648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
State-Wide Assessment Programs: Including Students with Disabilities.
Research Connections in Special Education, n2 Spr 1998
In response to new provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this issue describes the promising special education research that is helping all students participate successfully in large-scale testing programs. The first article, "State-Wide Assessment Programs," discusses the new provisions in IDEA that require states to have policies and procedures to ensure that children with disabilities are included in general state- and district-wide assessment programs. Promising approaches that states are using to make appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities are explained, such as accommodations related to timing or scheduling, assessment setting, response format, and presentation format. Alternate assessments and different ways of reporting results are described, and recommendations for developing alternative assessment systems are provided. A second article, "Views from the Field," summarizes different views on implementation issues and concerns about including children with disabilities in large-scale assessments. Views are presented from a parent, a researcher, and school psychologists. A final article "State-Wide Efforts," discusses efforts in Kentucky, Maryland, and Hawaii to include all children in large-scale assessments. A list of contacts on the referenced research in this issue is included. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Outcomes of Education, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Test Use, Testing Accommodations, Testing Problems
ERIC/OSEP Special Project, ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1589; telephone: 703-620-3660; TTY: 703-264-9449; World Wide Web: http://www.ced.sped.org/ericec.htm
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA. ERIC/OSEP Special Project on Interagency Information Dissemination.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act