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ERIC Number: EJ1148007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Using Alternate Assessment to Improve Educational Outcomes
Hager, Karen D.; Slocum, Timothy A.
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v30 n1 p24-29 Mar 2011
All students, including those with significant cognitive disabilities, must participate in accountability testing under NCLB regulations. Each state must provide an alternate assessment for students unable to participate in general accountability testing. Carefully designed alternate assessment systems have the potential to go beyond meeting federal reporting requirements by providing meaningful information about student progress that can guide decision making at the classroom and district level. In this paper, we discuss issues related to alternate assessment, including (a) balancing standardization and individualization, (b) setting performance criteria, (c) establishing links with progress monitoring and instruction, and (d) addressing special challenges of rural school systems that must be considered in designing and implementing an alternate assessment system that can fulfill this vision. [Reprinted from "Rural Special Education Quarterly" v24 n1 Spr 2005.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A