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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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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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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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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)