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ERIC Number: EJ1060266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4669
Examining Teachers' Decisions on Test-Type Assignment for Statewide Assessments
Cho, Hyun-jeong; Kingston, Neal
Journal of Special Education, v49 n1 p16-27 May 2015
Recent studies have raised concerns about the vagueness of alternate assessment eligibility guidelines, specifically, that students with mild disabilities (SWMD) have been inappropriately assigned to alternate assessment--alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). In this study, special education teachers (N = 317) were surveyed about SWMD in vignettes to explore (a) perceptions of the clarity of eligibility guidelines, (b) teachers' test-type decisions, (c) factors considered when making test-type decisions, and (d) teachers' priority rankings of these factors. Teachers' test-type decisions varied by state, subjectivity, and noninstructional factors. Findings raise concerns about the inconsistency and lack of specificity of the current state guidelines, their vulnerability to subjective interpretation of eligibility, and states' different alternate assessment systems. Directions for future research, implications of the current findings, and limitations are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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