ERIC Number: ED439568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing the Participation of Special Needs Students in NAEP: A Report on 1996 NAEP Research Activities. Statistical Analysis Report.
Mazzeo, John; Carlson, James E.; Voelkl, Kristin E.; Lutkus, Anthony D.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that investigated the effects of modifications to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 1996 assessment designed to encourage the participation of more students with disabilities. Modifications included revising the inclusion criteria with the intention of making them clearer, more inclusive, and more likely to be applied consistently across jurisdictions participating in the state assessment program, offering a variety of assessment accommodations to students with disabilities whose Individualized Education Programs (IEP) specified such accommodations for testing, and offering accommodations for Limited English-Proficient students who required an accommodation in order to take the assessment in English. Results indicated: (1) increases in the percentage of students with disabilities participating in NAEP did not seem to be a sole result of revisions to inclusion criteria; (2) most exclusion decisions were made on the basis of what is stated in the IEP and relatively few exclusion decisions were made on the basis of a judgment of severe cognitive impairments, absent corroborating directions from the IEP; and (3) some students who do not regularly receive accommodations or adaptations were offered them in NAEP and others who should not have been tested were included. Appendices include evaluation data. (CR)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Individualized Education Programs, Language Minorities, Limited English Speaking, National Competency Tests, Policy Formation, State Programs, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress