ERIC Number: ED457648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Do No Harm--High Stakes Testing and Students with Learning Disabilities.
Disability Rights Advocates, Inc., Oakland, CA.
This report from a blue ribbon panel of experts convened by Disability Rights Advocates, Inc. and the Oregon Department of Education addresses the interplay between standardized examinations and students with learning disabilities. The report describes in detail the accommodations, alternate assessments, appeals procedures, and other safeguards which must be implemented for the statewide assessment systems to comply with the law and guarantee educationally sound opportunities to students with learning disabilities. Following an introduction, Section 2 of the report analyzes the nature of learning disabilities and how the design of many standardized tests discriminates against students with those disabilities. Section 3 contains a brief analysis of the federal laws that protect students with learning disabilities in the testing context. Section 4 examines what state educators can and must do to ensure students with learning disabilities are treated fairly with respect to a high-stakes assessment system. Finally, Section 5 looks at how high-stakes tests have been implemented in several states across the country, including Oregon, in which a lawsuit brought by students with learning disabilities led to a comprehensive evaluation of that state's assessment system by a panel of experts in testing and learning disabilities. (Contains 22 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Court Litigation, Educational Assessment, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, High Stakes Tests, Learning Disabilities, Postsecondary Education, Standardized Tests, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Rights, Testing
Disability Rights Advocates, Inc., 449 15th St., Suite 303, Oakland, CA 94612-2821. Tel: 510-451-8644; Fax: 510-451-8716; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.dralegal.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Disability Rights Advocates, Inc., Oakland, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; California; Oregon