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Lazarus, Sheryl; Thurlow, Martha; Christensen, Laurene; Shyyan, Vitaliy – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2014
Federal policy initiatives such as the flexibility waivers for accountability are requiring that states transition away from the use of an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). It is expected that those students who had participated in that assessment will instead participate in the state's general assessment (or a…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Low Achievement
Thompson, Sandra; Thurlow, Martha; Spicuzza, Richard – 2000
The fourth statewide administration of Minnesota's Basic Standards Tests in Reading and Mathematics took place in the spring of 1999. The first administration of the statewide Test of Written Composition for 10th graders also took place in 1999. Beginning with the class of 2000, students are required to pass these tests by the time they complete…
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Accountability, Basic Skills, Disabilities
Walz, Lynn; Thompson, Sandra; Thurlow, Martha; Spicuzza, Richard – 2000
This report focuses on the participation and performance of students with disabilities on the initial administration of Minnesota's Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). The MCAs are criterion-referenced tests used for district accountability purposes and as tools for making decisions about curriculum and instruction. Assessments in mathematics and…
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Accountability, Basic Skills, Criterion Referenced Tests
Walz, Lynn; Vandercook, Terri; Medwetz, Laura; Nelson, Marilyn; Thurlow, Martha – 1999
This monograph summarizes lessons learned from the 5 years that the Together We're Better (TWB) program worked to create inclusive learning environments in four Minnesota school districts. Each of the partner districts established a collaborative core planning team to provide leadership and management of efforts toward school change and inclusive…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cooperative Programs, Disabilities, Educational Change