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ERIC Number: EJ780985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Special Consideration
Starkman, Neal
T.H.E. Journal, v34 n11 p36-41 Nov 2007
This article describes how technology is providing students with unique challenges the regular, personalized assessments they need which yearly state assessments fail to do. Special education students--whether they have emotional or learning problems, English language deficiencies, or simply bad dispositions--are poorly served by one-size-fits-all state tests, which do not give special needs students the attention they require throughout the year and may not deliver an accurate view of their abilities. Accordingly, they need individualized assessments, and software makers are rising up to provide them. Electronic individualized assessments do double duty: They determine what a student can and can not do, and then point the way to the appropriate instruction. Most critically, they are given regularly, so the students who need special instruction can get it throughout the year--before they are faced with a oneshot end-of-year test, which, if they score poorly on it, can brand students undeservedly and stunt their progress through the school system--not to mention the damage low test scores can do to a district's Adequate Yearly Progress numbers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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