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Jones, Nathan D.; Brownell, Mary T. – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2014
A primary focus of recent educational policymaking has been on improving measures of teaching effectiveness, attributable in part to recent federal policies such as the Race to the Top initiative and Investing in Innovation. To date, neither researchers nor practitioners have arrived at a consensus on the best methods for evaluating special…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Observation
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Woods-Groves, Suzanne; Hendrickson, Jo M. – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2012
Assessment permeates many aspects of our educational society. With the passage of federal legislation (i.e., No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004), assessment in the form of accountability is ever present in our K-12 educational system. Current assessment practices should be used in…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
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Albers, Craig A.; Kenyon, Dorry M.; Boals, Timothy J. – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2009
Although numerous English language proficiency (ELP) measures currently exist, many were developed prior to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). These pre-NCLB measures typically focused on social language proficiency, whereas post-NCLB measures are linked to ELP standards and focus on academic language proficiency (ALP). ELP measures are…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Intervention, Federal Legislation, Validity
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Chappell, Julia C.; Stephens, Tammy L.; Kinnison, Lloyd; Pettigrew, Johnnie D. – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2009
This article summarizes the results of a study involving 42 educational diagnosticians from North Texas. The study was conducted to determine diagnosticians' perceived understanding of early literacy development and their ability to effectively choose and interpret assessments of phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and reading fluency. The…
Descriptors: Educational Diagnosis, Knowledge Level, Reading Fluency, Phonological Awareness
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Hagans, Kristi S. – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2008
Federal legislation mandates that local education agencies provide quality, evidence-based supplemental educational services to struggling learners. Nowhere is this more salient than in underperforming schools serving children from low-income backgrounds who are at risk for developing learning problems. The study described in this article…
Descriptors: Intervention, Low Income, Federal Legislation, Validity
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Hosp, John L.; Ardoin, Scott P. – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2008
Assessment is a common task in education that has many varied purposes. One of these is the use of assessment data to make decisions about instructional planning. This article presents a framework for how to use assessment data to plan instruction. It also provides some background on terminology of assessment for instructional planning,…
Descriptors: Instructional Development, Student Evaluation, Data Analysis, Intervention
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Wissick, Cheryl A.; Gardner, J. Emmett – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2008
Practitioners with an expertise in assistive technology and technology assessments are in demand to be full participants in the selection, planning, and implementation of instruction for students with mild disabilities. Frequently, practitioners with knowledge of assistive technology are assigned to evaluate students with sensory, physical,…
Descriptors: Mild Disabilities, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Assistive Technology
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Shriner, James G.; Ganguly, Rahul – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2007
Including students with disabilities in the new standards and accountability systems is one of the key challenges facing school districts around the nation. In this article, the authors first address the evolving assessment and accommodations requirements of both the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Disabilities, Accountability
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Lowrey, K. Alisa; Drasgow, Erik; Renzaglia, Adelle; Chezan, Laura – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2007
In this article, the authors highlight the impact of alternate assessment on curriculum content for students with severe disabilities. Alternate assessment is a requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997 and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 to ensure that students with the most significant…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Alternative Assessment, Disabilities, Accountability
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Nolet, Victor – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2006
As the context of special education has changed in the last quarter century, the role and work of the IEP team also has evolved. Today, the general education curriculum is central to the educational programs of all students. The expectation that is clearly communicated in federal policies and regulations, such as the No Child Left Behind Act and…
Descriptors: General Education, Data Analysis, Accessibility (for Disabled), Special Education
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Towles-Reeves, Elizabeth; Garrett, Brent; Burdette, Paula J.; Burdge, Mike – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2006
In conjunction with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA; PL 105-17), the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 (NCLB; PL 107-110) calls for enhancements to existing assessment and accountability systems within specific timelines. The NCLB Act also stresses the importance of using reliable and valid data for decision making.…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Alternative Assessment, Accountability, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Bolt, Sara E.; Quenemoen, Rachel F. – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2006
Professionals with expertise in assessment and diverse learners are in demand to assist in developing and implementing large-scale assessment and accountability systems. This article highlights aspects of current federal legislation that pertain to the development of these systems, describes the areas of expertise and unique perspectives of…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Psychologists, School Psychologists, Disabilities
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Niebling, Bradley C.; Elliott, Stephen N. – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2005
The inclusion of students with disabilities in large-scale assessments, typically by using testing accommodations, for statewide accountability systems became a legal reality with the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1997, and the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002. These legal mandates and best…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, Inclusive Schools, Federal Legislation, Student Evaluation
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Fuchs, Lynn S.; Fuchs, Douglas – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2004
Curriculum-based measurement (CBM) bridges traditional psychometric and classroom-based observational assessment paradigms to forge an innovative approach to measurement, with several advantages over traditional and other forms of classroom assessment. This article provides a framework for extending CBM in two ways. First, the authors explain how…
Descriptors: Curriculum Based Assessment, Reading Fluency, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement