ERIC Number: ED444281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing the Participation of Special Needs Students in NAEP. Synthesis Brief.
Ahearn, Eileen M.
This paper synthesizes information from the March 2000 report, "Increasing the Participation of Special Needs Students in NAEP" (National Assessment of Educational Progress). Background information includes the development of the NAEP program since 1969 and the 1996 development of criteria to guide schools in deciding on the participation of students with disabilities and the use of test accommodations. It notes requirements under the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that children with disabilities be included in general state and district-wide assessment programs. Standards in the report for excluding and including students with disabilities are summarized, as are accommodations and adaptations for students in the NAEP assessment. Research considerations in using NAEP data to analyze multi-year trends are discussed. Overall findings of the report are summarized for the following: (1) characteristics of participating students with disabilities; (2) effect of 1996 changed inclusion criteria on participation; (3) the use of accommodations; (4) effect of the use of accommodations on participation; (5) students excluded from the 1996 NAEP; and (6) effects of policy changes on NAEP scores. (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, National Competency Tests, Special Needs Students, Standardized Tests, Standards, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress