ERIC Number: ED420934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Statewide Assessment: Policy Issues, Questions, and Strategies. PEER Policy Paper.
Landau, Julia K.
This policy paper provides a list of questions and associated strategies that parents and parent organizations can address in an effort to ensure that statewide assessment systems fully and fairly include students with disabilities as required by the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and other federal laws. Introductory material notes the purposes of these large-scale assessments and the relation of statewide assessment programs to education reform initiatives. Suggested questions address the following issues: type of assessment used, use of "off the shelf" or contracted assessments, the process for developing the assessment, the consequences for students of the statewide assessments, inclusion of all students with disabilities in the assessment, responsibility for determining if a student with disabilities needs accommodations to participate in the assessment, types of accommodations available to students with disabilities, how test results are to be used, and how test scores of students with disabilities will be reported. Among seven strategies recommended to parents are the following: (1) obtain copies of the state's education reform and assessment legislation, regulations, and policy documents; (2) identify who makes policy decisions about participation of students with disabilities; and (3) get involved in the decision-making process. (DB)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Alternative Assessment, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, Inclusive Schools, Parent Participation, State Departments of Education, Testing Accommodations
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