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Thurlow, Martha L.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Larson, Erik D.; Albus, Deb A.; Liu, Kristi K.; Kwong, Elena – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2017
With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2015, renewed attention was paid to the importance of guidelines for participation in alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) and to understanding of who the students are who have significant cognitive disabilities. The analyses…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Guidelines, Definitions, Academic Standards
Thurlow, Martha L.; Albus, Deb A.; Lazarus, Sheryl S. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2017
The 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), continues to require states to disaggregate participation and performance data at the state level for all students and student subgroups. This report presents information on publicly reported…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Kindergarten, Accountability
Thurlow, Martha L.; Larson, Erik D.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Shyyan, Vitaliy V.; Christensen, Laurene L. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2017
To evaluate the experiences that teachers and other decision makers were having with accessibility features and accommodations, as well as their attitudes toward them, an online survey was conducted with educators in nine states. These states were part of an Enhanced Assessment Initiative grant project to promote optimal decision making about…
Descriptors: Attitudes toward Disabilities, Accessibility (for Disabled), Teacher Attitudes, Online Surveys
Warren S.; Thurlow, M.; Christensen, L.; Shyyan, V.; Lazarus, S.; Chartrand, A. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2016
More than 80 individuals representing staff from state departments of education, school districts, other countries, testing and testing-related companies, and other educational organizations participated in a forum on June 20, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to discuss the need for common accessibility language across assessment platforms. The…
Descriptors: Educational Cooperation, Alignment (Education), Standard Setting, Language Usage
Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thurlow, Martha L. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2016
During the 2015-16 school year, 25 states used assessments aligned to college- and career-ready standards developed by consortia of states (i.e., Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers--PARCC, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium--Smarter Balanced) as their accountability assessments. The participation of students with…
Descriptors: High School Students, Disabilities, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Testing Accommodations
Thurlow, Martha L.; Shyyan, Vitaliy V.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Christensen, Laurene L. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2016
Instructional and decision-making practices for English learners (ELs) with disabilities are garnering increased attention as the number of these students increases across the U.S. Although many critical educational decisions are made for these students, the determination that an EL with disabilities should be reclassified and exited from services…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Disabilities, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
Heritage, Margaret; Lazarus, Sheryl S. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2016
The new large-scale assessments rolled out by consortia and states are designed to measure student achievement of rigorous college- and career-ready (CCR) standards. Recent surveys of teachers in several states indicate that students with disabilities like many features of the new assessments, but that there also are challenges. This Brief was…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Surveys
Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Heritage, Margaret – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2016
The new large-scale assessments rolled out by consortia and states are designed to measure student achievement of rigorous college- and career-ready (CCR) standards. Recent surveys of teachers in several states indicate that students with disabilities adjusted well to the new assessments, and liked many of their features, but that there also are…
Descriptors: Measurement, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Academic Achievement
Warren, S.; Christensen, L.; Chartrand, A.; Shyyan, V.; Lazarus, S.; Thurlow, M. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2015
Sixty individuals representing staff from state departments of education, school districts, other countries, testing and testing-related companies, and other educational organizations participated in a forum on June 22, 2015 in San Diego, California, to discuss implementing accessibility frameworks for all students, including students in general…
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Access to Education, English Language Learners, Student Needs
Lazarus, Sheryl; Thurlow, Martha – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2015
Sound test security policies and procedures are needed to ensure test security and confidentiality, and to help prevent cheating. In this era when cheating on tests draws regular media attention, there is a need for thoughtful consideration of the ways in which possible test security measures may affect accessibility for some students with…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Prevention, Student Needs, Examiners
Rogers, Christopher M.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Lazarus, Sheryl S. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2015
Federal law requires that all students, including students with disabilities, participate in state assessments used for accountability purposes. It also requires states to assess students in several content areas, including science. Most students with disabilities take the general science assessment with or without accommodations, but a few…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, State Standards, Science Tests, Disabilities
Shyyan, Vitaliy; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thurlow, Martha L. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2015
This report summarizes the fourteenth survey of states by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the University of Minnesota. Results are presented for the 50 regular states and eight of the 11 unique states. The purpose of this report is to provide a snapshot of the new initiatives, trends, accomplishments, and emerging issues…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Alternative Assessment, State Surveys, Academic Standards
Thurlow, Martha L.; Albus, Debra A.; Lazarus, Sheryl S. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2015
Graduation requirements and diploma options for students with disabilities who participate in the general assessment has been a topic of interest for many years. The recent push for all students, including those with disabilities, to leave school ready for college and career has heightened the importance of understanding what states are requiring…
Descriptors: Synthesis, Disabilities, Educational Policy, Graduation Requirements
Christensen, Laurene L.; Shyyan, Vitaliy; Rogers, Christopher; Kincaid, Aleksis – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2014
Some students, including students with print disabilities, students with low vision, and English language learners, may benefit from having test content read aloud. However, there have been challenges in standardizing the presentation of test content, including whether or not to read answer choices or to describe maps and cartoons, among many…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Guidelines, Audio Equipment
Shyyan, Vitaliy; Christensen, Laurene L.; Rogers, Christopher; Kincaid, Aleksis – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2014
Students who are deaf or hard of hearing (Deaf/HH) and communicate using American Sign Language (ASL) may benefit from sign accommodations on state assessments. However, there have been challenges in standardizing assessment content including how items should be signed. Technology enhanced assessment offers the opportunity to provide standardized…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Guidelines, Elementary School Students
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