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Cortiella, Candace; Boundy, Kathleen B. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2018
Chronic absenteeism is a measure of how many students miss a defined number of school days for any reason--excused, unexcused, suspension. Many states define chronic absenteeism as the number and percentage of students missing 10 percent or more of their school days in a year. The purpose of this Brief is to provide information about chronic…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Attendance Patterns, Educational Legislation, Equal Education
Albus, Deb A.; Liu, Kristin K.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thurlow, Martha L. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2018
Reporting assessment results to the public has been a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since the early 1990s, with the reauthorization of ESEA as the Improving America's Schools Act in 1994. In 1997, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) included this requirement to make sure that assessment participation…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation
Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Hayes, Susan A.; Howe, Carla; D'Agord, Cesar; Liu, Kristin K.; Hawes, Maureen E.; Thurlow, Martha L. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2018
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) implemented Results Driven Accountability (RDA) in 2014 to help improve the educational outcomes of students with disabilities. As part of RDA, states were required to develop a State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), which is a comprehensive, multi-year plan designed…
Descriptors: Accountability, Outcomes of Education, Disabilities, School Districts
Evans, Carla M.; Domaleski, Chris – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2018
Federal policy limits the number of students that a state may assess with an alternate assessment aligned to alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) to no more than 1% of all students in the grades assessed in a state. The AA-AAS is intended only for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. This Brief addresses important…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Academic Standards, Participation, School Districts
Warren, S. H.; Thurlow, M. L.; Lazarus, S. S.; Strunk, K. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2018
More than 45 individuals representing staff from state departments of education, school districts, testing and testing-related companies, and other educational organizations participated in a forum on June 26, 2018 in San Diego, California to discuss speech-to-text and scribing, the differences in terminology, challenges associated with…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Special Education, Transcripts (Written Records), Needs Assessment
Liu, Kristin K.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Press, Anatasia M.; Lickteig, Olivia – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2018
Schools in the United States serve a linguistically diverse population of students. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that 9.1 percent of public school students in the United States were English learners (ELs) in 2014-2015. These are students who meet the federal definition of English learners, referred to in the Individuals with…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, English Language Learners, Disabilities, English (Second Language)
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
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