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Testing Students With Disabilities
Practical Strategies for Complying With District and State Requirements

Second Edition

December 2002 | 344 pages | Corwin

Updated Edition of Best Seller!

"Testing Students With Disabilities is firmly grounded in the cutting edge research the authors have conducted for nearly three decades. They have done a brilliant job of treating a very complex topic in a most readable, logical, and understandable way."
Donald Deshler, Professor of Special Education
University of Kansas

"Testing Students With Disabilities is a 'must buy' for individuals involved in the education of students with disabilities, whether they are currently acting as or studying to be service providers. My hat is off to the authors for breaking down this critical information in a way that is understandable and easy to share."
Sue Gamm, Chief Specialized Services Officer
Chicago Public Schools

"This is a seminal work on the 'how to' of testing, assessment, and accountability for students with disabilities. Not only do the authors help bring this most important topic into clarity, but they also share practical ways to implement their suggestions immediately by providing the tools to get started."
Alice D. Parker, Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction
California Department of Education

The definitive resource on everything you need to know and do about assessing special needs students—now expanded and improved!

An increased focus on educational accountability and testing, coupled with mandates put forth in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), make it crucial that every district and school professional is well versed in meeting the assessment requirements for all students.

The enhanced second edition of Testing Students With Disabilities covers everything from maximizing the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and fostering successful collaboration among educators, administrators, and parents to optimizing assessment accommodations and using test scores to improve instruction.

Other new and expanded topics include:

  • Requirements of IDEA and ESEA
  • Students with disabilities who are English Language Learners
  • Electronic and online testing
  • Alternate assessments
  • Use of assessment results
  • Access to the general curriculum

The timely update of this popular guide offers the specific tactics, concrete examples, and user-friendly information necessary to effectively and meaningfully include students with disabilities in district and state assessment systems. It features an array of indispensable tools, such as reproducible forms, checklists, handouts, and overheads; a comprehensive list of national and regional technical assistance and dissemination networks; and techniques for conducting staff development.


 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
1. Why Students With Disabilities Should Be in District and Statewide Accountability Systems
 
2. Deciding How Students Participate in District and State Tests
 
3. Assessment Accommodations: Who Is Eligible? For What?
 
4. Accommodations to Consider
 
5. Alternate Assessments
 
6. Including English Language Learners With Disabilities in District and State Assessments
 
7. Using Assessment Results
 
8. An Important Tool: The IEP
 
9. Collaboration for Success in Testing Students With Disabilities
 
10. Gaining Support From Above: What Needs to Happen
 
11. Involving Parents in Testing Decisions
 
12. Implementation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
 
Resources: Reproducible Forms
 
Resources: Staff Development
 
Resources: Technical Assistance and Dissemination Networks
 
Index

"Testing Students With Disabilities is firmly grounded in the cutting edge research the authors have conducted for nearly three decades. They have done a brilliant job of treating a very complex topic in a most readable, logical, and understandable way."

Donald Deshler, Professor of Special Education
University of Kansas

"Testing Students With Disabilities is a 'must buy' for individuals involved in the education of students with disabilities, whether they are currently acting as or studying to be service providers. My hat is off to the authors for breaking down this critical information in a way that is understandable and easy to share."

Sue Gamm, Chief Specialized Services Officer
Chicago Public Schools

"This book is a valuable tool for practitioners who want immediate understanding and hands-on application of testing students with disabilities. The authors give specific examples that school district personnel can adapt to meet their school's context and needs."

Denise Meister, Assistant Professor of Education
Program Coordinator of Secondary Education, The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg

"I enjoyed reading the material! The newly revised edition shows that the authors desired to keep the material up-to-date and to impress upon the readers the importance of the laws, but more importantly, the spirit in which the laws were enacted."

Elizabeth M. Were, Professor
Pensacola Junior College, Florida

"This is a seminal work on the 'how to' of testing, assessment, and accountability for students with disabilities. Not only do the authors help bring this most important topic into clarity, but they also share practical ways to implement their suggestions immediately by providing the tools to get started."

Alice D. Parker, Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction
California Department of Education

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