ERIC Number: ED431259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Who Takes the Alternate Assessment? State Criteria. Revised.
Warlick, Ken; Olsen, Ken
This paper discusses the new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 1997 amendments that require states or local education agencies to develop guidelines for participation in alternate assessments for those children with disabilities who cannot participate in state and district-wide assessment programs. The policies and guidelines of 12 states were reviewed to ascertain criteria being used for participation in the alternate assessments. Results found that: (1) individual decisions are made for each student by Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams with documentation of why the student cannot participate in the general assessment and how that student is to be assessed in an alternate assessment; (2) decisions should be carefully considered by analyzing extensive supportive data collected over a period of time; (3) a student for whom the alternate assessment is appropriate is generally a student for whom the standard assessment would be inappropriate because the student is not engaged with the general curriculum; (4) states are attempting to make the concept of cognitive disability operational by emphasizing the inability to transfer skills; and (5) a determination of whether or not a particular student will participate in an alternate assessment is not based primarily on categorical labels. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Alternative Assessment, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Policy Formation, School Policy, Standardized Tests, State Programs, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations
Alternative formats: Mid-South Regional Resource Center, Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, 126 Mineral Industries Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0051; Tel: 606-257-4921; Fax: 606-257-4353; Web site: http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/msrr
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-South Regional Resource Center, Lexington, KY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997