ERIC Number: ED457603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
States' Out-of-Level Testing Policies. Out-of-Level Testing Report 4.
Thurlow, Martha; Minnema, Jane
In an attempt to include more students with disabilities in large-scale assessments, 12 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia) allowed out-of-level testing during the 2000-2001 school year. This report discusses the context of state assessment systems, including the accountability practices in which out-of-level testing is implemented. It then describes specific out-of-level testing policies in those states with policies that allow students to be tested out of level in large-scale assessments. By reviewing all 12 states' policies on out-of-level testing, it was found there was a wide variability across states in both policy content and suggested practices for implementing out-of-level testing at the local level. The report concludes by highlighting four discussion points. First, there is a need to increase the specificity of out-of-level testing policy language to guide testing at the local level in a suitable manner. Second, analyses indicate four labels (accommodations, modifications, nonstandard, and alternate assessment) are used for out-of-level testing across states, but there is little consistency in what the terms mean. Third, what is reflected in state policy may not reflect implementation. Fourth, the long-term effects on students are unknown. (Contains 12 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Academic Standards, Alternative Assessment, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Policy Formation, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($10). Tel: 612-626-1530; Fax: 612-624-0879; Web site: http://www.coled.umn.edu/NCEO.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Arizona; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Iowa; Louisiana; North Dakota; South Carolina; Utah; Vermont; West Virginia