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Boyer, Michelle; Landl, Erika – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2021
This Brief contains a scan of the interim assessment landscape, and is focused on the availability of documentation supporting the appropriateness of these assessments for students with disabilities. The purpose of this Brief is to advise the development of guidance that facilitates improved practices related to the use of interim assessments for…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Inclusion
Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Hayes, Susan A.; Nagle, Kate; Liu, Kristin K.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Dosedel, Michael; Quanbeck, Mari; Olson, Rachel – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2021
This report presents the findings of an analysis of states' FFY 2018 State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIPs), submitted to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in April 2020. It specifically addresses how assessments were included in states' State-Identified Measurable Results (SIMRs). For states with…
Descriptors: State Programs, Statewide Planning, Educational Improvement, Strategic Planning
Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Hinkle, Andrew R.; Liu, Kristin K.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Ressa, Virginia A. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2021
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) held a virtual meeting of an Interim Assessment Advisory Panel on February 16 and 17, 2021, to tap into the panel members' collective knowledge about using interim assessments to support valid interpretations of what students with disabilities know and can do. The panel represented…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Students with Disabilities, Guidance, State Departments of Education
Browder, Diane; Lazarus, Sheryl; Thurlow, Martha – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2021
This Brief offers preliminary guidance for the development of interim assessment options for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. There are federal requirements that all statewide and districtwide administrations of an assessment must have an alternate assessment. Given the importance interim assessments have now when there…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Severe Intellectual Disability, Alternative Assessment, Evaluation Methods
Rogers, Christopher M.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thurlow, Martha L. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2021
The purpose of this report is to present a synthesis of the research on test accommodations for U.S. elementary and secondary students (K-12) published in 2018. The academic literature described here encompasses empirical studies of performance comparability, investigations into accommodations use, implementation practices, and perceptions of the…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Research, Students with Disabilities
Liu, Kristin K.; Wolforth, Sara; Thurlow, Martha L.; Jacques, Catherine; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; August, Diane – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2021
Determining whether an English learner with significant cognitive disabilities should participate in an alternate English language proficiency (alt-ELP) assessment is a challenge for Individualized Education Program teams. Although some states provide guidelines for making the decision, many do not. The purpose of this resource is to provide…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Intellectual Disability, Language Tests, Language Proficiency
Katanyoutanant, Tiffany; Kwon, Sylvia; McNeilly, Markie; Hemberg, Bryan; Thurlow, Martha L.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Hinkle, Andrew R.; Liu, Kristin K. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2021
Federal regulations require that all students in specified elementary, middle, and high school grade ranges participate in state assessments used for accountability. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that all children with disabilities are included in all general state and districtwide assessment programs with…
Descriptors: Federal Regulation, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Equal Education
Wu, Yi-Chen; Thurlow, Martha; Liu, Kristin – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2021
The purpose of this Brief is to highlight available federal data about the characteristics of English learners with disabilities, including how the population has changed over time. Understanding the characteristics of English learners with disabilities is critical to ensuring that their needs are met appropriately during the assessment process.…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, Student Needs
Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Liu, Kristin K.; Hinkle, Andrew R.; Thurlow, Martha L. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2021
As states, districts, and schools plan to return for the 2021-22 school year, questions are raised about whether and how to test children with disabilities, including children with the most significant cognitive disabilities and English learners with disabilities. This FAQ addresses some common questions and provides links to useful resources.
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Testing, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation
Brookhart, Susan – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2020
The purpose of this Brief is to describe the use of formative assessment processes with students with disabilities during distance learning. Formative assessment is important for all kinds of learning, and especially focuses students on learning and evidence of learning. This Brief presents five strategies that can be used to support student…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Distance Education, Students with Disabilities
Thurlow, Martha L.; Ghere, Gail; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Liu, Kristin K. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2020
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework for organizing and providing a tiered instructional continuum to support learning for all students. MTSS has the potential to meet the academic and behavioral needs of all students. However students with the most significant cognitive disabilities often are not included in this framework even…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, Severe Disabilities, Inclusion
Liu, Kristin; Lazarus, Sheryl; Thurlow, Martha; Stewart, Janet; Larson, Erik – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2020
Providing accommodations during assessments for students with disabilities has long been a standard requirement in federal education legislation. Providing assessment accommodations for English learners (ELs), on the other hand, is a newer requirement appearing only over the past few decades. As such, state assessment policies vary widely in terms…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, Testing Accommodations, Student Needs
Brookhart, Susan; Lazarus, Sheryl S. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2020
Distance learning, whether completely remote or in combination with classroom experiences, can pose challenges for teachers, students, and families. Pre-assessment to plan instruction can help guide the instructional planning process and improve the distance learning experience for students with disabilities, as well as for other students. This…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Distance Education, Student Evaluation, Educational Technology
Rogers, Christopher M.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Liu, Kristin K. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2020
The purpose of this report is to provide a synthesis of the research on K-12 testing accommodations. In this report, we summarize the research published in 2017. Previous reports by NCEO have covered research published since 1999. During 2017, 14 research studies were published on the topic of testing accommodations in the elementary and secondary…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Testing Accommodations, Students with Disabilities
Thurlow, Martha L.; Warren, Sandra H.; Chia, Magda – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2020
This report provides 10 lessons about how to ensure inclusive assessment practices for students with disabilities and English learners. In addition to the 10 lessons, it provides foundational information on the characteristics of these students that require consideration during all phases of assessment design, development, and implementation. The…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners, Inclusion, Student Evaluation
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