ERIC Number: ED445433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Students with Disabilities in State Assessments: The NCEO State Reports. Synthesis Brief. August 2000.
Ahearn, Eileen M.
This document synthesizes the 1999 National Center on Educational Outcomes report on special education outcomes, subtitled "A Report on State Activities at the End of the Century," and reviews the changes in states' assessment policies and practices for students with disabilities over the past decade. The report finds that despite the fact that the number of students with disabilities participating in statewide testing programs increased significantly during the 1990s, only 23 states were able to provide participation data for the 1999 survey. For the 23 states, the participation rates varied from 15 percent to 100 percent. Issues influencing participation rates included attaching high stakes to test performance, and the lack of exposure for students with disabilities to the curriculum content on which tests are based. The report also found that states are working on developing policy related to alternate assessment standards as well as developing assessment approaches. Test results were primarily used to guide statewide policy, curriculum or instruction, decisions about school reform, decisions about individual students, or for informal reasons. The report found most states have begun publicly reporting on the performance of students with disabilities in reports that include all test takers. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Change, Outcomes of Education, Policy Formation, Portfolio Assessment, State Departments of Education, State Programs, Student Participation, Surveys
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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.