ERIC Number: ED474869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Assessing Students with Disabilities: Issues and Evidence. CSE Technical Report.
Koretz, Daniel M.; Barton, Karen
Until recently, many students with disabilities were excluded from large-scale assessments, such as those mandated by states. Recent federal and state policy initiatives, including the most recent reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, require that the large majority of students with disabilities be included in statewide assessments used in accountability systems. Most observers agree that educational outcomes for students with disabilities were inadequate before the new policies were implemented; however, the research undergirding the new policies is limited. The reforms have spurred a rapid increase in relevant research, but more and improved research is needed. This paper reviews the status of research on some classification and assessment issues that are central to the new reforms and recommends directions for future research. Better descriptive information is needed about the target populations, and much research is needed on the assessment of disabilities, focusing on validity issues. (Contains 3 tables and 68 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.; National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.