ERIC Number: ED420933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment: A Key Component of Education Reform. PEER Information Brief.
Thurlow, Martha L.
This guide for parents explains implications of the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which requires the participation of students with disabilities in statewide and districtwide assessments, leading to greater accountability by the educational system for educational results for all students. The guide notes that prior to this change, about 50 percent of students with disabilities were excluded from various assessments and urges their inclusion at three stages of the assessment process: development of the assessment measure, administration of the assessment, and reporting of assessment results. Briefly addressed are assessment accommodations in presentation, response, setting, and timing/scheduling. Parents are urged to monitor how students with disabilities are considered in regard to instrument development, instrument administration, partial participation, alternate assessment, the monitoring system, and the reporting of results. Specific requirements of an individual student's Individualized Education Program concerning assessment are also noted. (Contains 10 suggested resources.) (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Alternative Assessment, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Inclusive Schools, Individualized Education Programs, Outcomes of Education, Special Needs Students, Student Evaluation
Parents Engaged in Education Reform (PEER), Federation for Children with Special Needs, 95 Berkeley Street, Suite 104, Boston, MA 02116; telephone/TTY: 617-482-2915; fax: 617-695-2939; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www.fcsn.org/peer
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997