ERIC Number: ED431263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Alternate Assessment Issues and Practices.
Olsen, Ken; Bechard, Sue; Kennedy, Sarah; Haigh, John; Parshall, Lucian; Friedebach, Melodie
This report discusses the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that require states to develop alternate assessments for students with disabilities who cannot participate in large-scale assessment programs. The report also profiles five state alternate assessment practices that have been developed or are emerging and defines seven issues that must be addressed in developing an alternate assessment, including: why assess, who to assess, what to assess, when to assess, how to assess and score, how to report and use data, and how to engage in development and training. Practices in Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, and Missouri are described. As appropriate to its stage of alternate assessment development, each state report describes background and context, foundations, eligibility, content standards, assessment procedures, scoring, reporting and use, professional development, development and management, and effects. Findings indicate that most states are attempting to develop the alternate assessment as an extension of the general assessment system, with an emphasis on both accountability and program improvement. Eligibility criteria are still evolving, but it was found the alternate assessments are intended for students who have the most significant disabilities. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Alternative Assessment, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Policy Formation, Portfolio Assessment, Severe Disabilities, State Programs, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Testing Accommodations
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/msrrc
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-South Regional Resource Center, Lexington, KY.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Kentucky; Maryland; Michigan; Missouri
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997