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ERIC Number: EJ724876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1725
Low Performance on High-Stakes Test Drives Special Education Referrals: A Texas Survey
Fielding, Cheryl
Educational Forum, The, v68 n2 p126-132 Win 2004
This article is based on a survey of educational diagnosticians working in Texas for the 2001-02 school year. The Executive Board of the Texas Educational Diagnosticians' Association (TEDA) developed the comprehensive survey that contained over 50 items. Only three items were related specifically to the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) test. The general purpose of the survey was to assist the TEDA leadership in developing a legislative agenda. A total of 3,210 surveys were mailed during the spring semester of 2002 to educational diagnosticians (both TEDA and non-TEDA members). Educational diagnosticians were asked to approximate the percentage of initial referrals to special education that were driven primarily by low performance on TAAS and to explain the basis for their answers. Second, they were asked to rate the level of pressure they felt they received from administrators to recommend that students who failed the TAAS test qualify for special education services and to explain the basis for their ratings. Third, educational diagnosticians were asked to choose three issues, from a list of seven, that they believed to be most important for the TEDA to pursue with legislators. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Assessment of Academic Skills