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Effective Assessment for Students With Special Needs

Effective Assessment for Students With Special Needs
A Practical Guide for Every Teacher

© 2006 | 144 pages | Corwin

At last, a practical guide to the what, how, when, and where of effective assessment!

When determining whether or not a student should receive special education services, what the specific nature of the student's instruction should be, or the extent to which a student is making educational progress, it is critical to know not only what sort of assessment method is most appropriate, but how, when, and where it should be administered.

Including a pretest, posttest, and key vocabulary terms, Effective Assessment for Students With Special Needs helps educators make these weighty decisions with highly practical information such as:

  • Formal and informal methods of data collection
  • When to use various assessment practices and what they can show an evaluator
  • Standards for conducting assessments to ensure accuracy
  • Using data to make decisions about the education of students with disabilities and those who are gifted and talented

A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher: The 13-Book Collection equips educators with practical knowledge and methods that will help them to better engage students in exploring-and meeting-their fullest potential.

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About A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher
About the Authors
Self-Assessment I
Introduction to Effective Assessment for Students With Special Needs
1. What Should Every Teacher Know About Assessment for Decision-Making Purposes?
Screening Decisions  
Decisions to Provide Special Help or Enrichment  
Referral to an Intervention Assistance Team  
Decisions to Provide Intervention Assistance  
Decisions to Refer for Evaluation  
Exceptionality Decisions  
Decisions About Special Learning Needs  
Decisions About Eligibility or Entitlement  
Instructional Planning Decisions  
Progress Evaluation Decisions  
Program Evaluation Decisions  
Accountability Decisions  
2. What Are the Most Common Assessment Practices?
Curriculum-Based Assessment  
Curriculum-Based Measurement  
Instructional Diagnosis  
Academic Time Analysis  
Assessment of Instructional Environments  
Outcomes-Based Accountability  
Performance Assessment  
3. How Is Assessment Data Collected?
Methods for Collecting Data  
Work Portfolios  
4. Which Methods of Assessment Should Be Use to Sample Certain Behaviors and Abilities?
Intellectual Ability  
Academic Achievement  
Sensory Acuity  
Adaptive Behavior  
Language Development  
Psychological Development  
Perceptual-Motor Development  
5. What Standards Must Be Met To Ensure the Accuracy of an Assessment?
Reliability: Is Performance Consistent?  
Representativeness: Does the Instrument Adequately Sample the Behavior?  
Validity: Does a Procedure Measure What it is Supposed to Measure?  
6. What Concerns Do Parents, Students, and the General Public Have About Assessments?
Test Fairness  
7. What Are the Assumptions Underlying Assessment Practices?
The Examiner is Skilled  
Future Behavior Can Be Inferred From Present Behavior  
Assessment Is Relatively Free From Error  
Students Have Comparable Acculturation  
8. What Guidelines Should Be Followed for Appropriate Assessment?
There Is No One Way To Do It Right  
There Is No One Cause of School Problems  
Assessment Must Do More Than Describe Problems  
Assessment Must Be Directed At Improving Instruction  
Assessment Should Occur Often During Teaching  
Assessment Should Concentrate on Relevant Variables  
Assessment Should Occur Where The Behavior Occurs  
Tests Should Be Adapted To Accommodate Students  
9. Assessment in Perspective
Assessment in the Classroom  
The Effects of Assessment  
10. What Have We Learned?
Key Points  
Key Vocabulary  
Self-Assessment II  
Answer Key for Self-Assessments  
On Your Own  
Journals & Articles  
Key features
  • Practical, accessible, research-based information and advice distilled from a highly-successful textbook
  • Numerous case studies
  • Practical, age-appropriate strategies for the classroom
  • Reflection/professional development exercises
  • Resources – books, articles, organizations
  • Linked to IDEA 2004

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