Friday, September 10, 2004

Students with Disabilities and Statewide Assessment Programs

Julia K. Landau, Janet R. Vohs, and Carolyn A. Romano (1998) All Kids Count:
including students with disabilities in statewide assessment programs,
published by Parents Engaged in Education Reform (PEER Project), Federation
for Children with Special Needs, Boston, Massachusetts.

In the past, large-scale assessments were not always considered important
for students with disabilities - it was assumed that special education
assessments provided sufficient data on how well students were doing in
school. Typically, however, special education assessments have not provided
information on what students know and can do relative to local and state

The 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA) require the participation of students with disabilities in statewide
and district-wide assessments, regardless of the format of the assessments.
This addition to the law means that the education system must be accountable
for the results of education for all students.

All Kids Count offers parents, parent leaders, professionals, and other
interested parties guidelines for participating in discussions about
policies and practices related to inclusion of students with disabilities in
large-scale assessments. The book includes a state-by-state report and
executive summary of assessment policies and practices, an overview of
policy issues, a glossary, a list of accommodations culled from states'
policies, a PEER Information Brief on assessment, and contact information
for state Departments of Education and Parent Centers on Disability. (100
pages. 1998. $20.00) To order call 617/482-2915.


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