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Understanding Assessment in the Special Education Process A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators

ISBN-10: 1412917913
ISBN-13: 9781412917919
Edition: 2008
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Description: Assessment in the Special Education Process provides educators with methods for collecting informationto help determine if a child is eligible for special education and related services. The authors identify the primary skill areas that special  More...

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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 11/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Assessment in the Special Education Process provides educators with methods for collecting informationto help determine if a child is eligible for special education and related services. The authors identify the primary skill areas that special educators can evaluate to make informed decisions about a child's educational placement and instruction. While parents, teachers, and specialists can provide valuable information about a student's skills and needs, this indispensable text also offers school leaders a variety of assessment approaches, including observations, interviews, and testing. Readers will also find tools such as dynamic assessments and ecological assessments that can yield comprehensive data to guide eligibility decisions and educational programming.

Roger Pierangelo is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Literacy at Long Island University. He has been an administrator of special education programs and served for eighteen years as a permanent member of Committees on Special Education. Pierangelo earned his PhD from Yeshiva University and Diplomate Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychology and Forensic Psychology from the International College of Professional Psychology.

About the Authors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Understanding Assessment and Special Education Assessment
Importance of Assessment
Purpose of Assessment
The Difference Between Testing and Assessment
Role of the Education Professional in the Special Education Process
Assessment and Federal Law
Understanding and Identifying Students Who Might Exhibit a Disability
Understand the Meaning of a "High Risk" Student
High Risk Students: Determine the Severity of the Problem
Understand How Tension Affects High Risk Students
Become Familiar With Common Avoidance Behavior Patterns Exhibited By High Risk Students
Conclusions
Understanding and Making a Referral to the Child Study Team
Understand Your Role in the Referral Process
Learn About the Membership of the CST
Understand What Takes Place at the CST Meeting
Learn About the Various Sources of Information Available on Your Student
Understand the Options of the CST
Conclusions
Understanding and Obtaining Parental Informed Consent for Assessment
Understanding the Requirements of an Evaluation for a Suspected Disability
Understanding the MDT and the Comprehensive Assessment
Understand the Responsibilities of the Team Assigned to Do the Comprehensive Assessment: The Multidisciplinary Team
Understand the Membership of the MDT
Understanding the Various Methods of Assessment Options Available to the MDT
What Is a Comprehensive Assessment?
What Is Norm-Referenced Testing?
Primary Areas of Assessment
Conclusions
Understanding Basic Statistics and Scoring Terminology Used in Assessment
Age Equivalent
Alternate Forms Reliability
Concurrent Validity
Construct Validity
Content Validity
Correlation
Criterion-Related Validity
Grade Equivalent
Interrater Reliability
Mean
Median
Mode
Range
Percentile Rank
Predictive Validity
Raw Scores
Reliability
Reliability Coefficients
Scaled Scores
Split-Half Reliability or Internal Consistency
Standard Deviation
Standard Error of Measurement
Standard Scores
Stanine
Test-Retest Reliability
T Scores
Validity
z Scores
Conclusions
Understanding Students' Behavior During the Assessment Process
Understand the Possible Effects of Examiner Variables
Understand How to Observe Overt Signs of Tension
Understand Behaviors That Are Observed . . .
Understand Behaviors That Provide Insight Into the Student's Organizational Abilities During the Assessment Process
Conclusions
Understanding the Components of a Professional Evaluation Report
Practical Guidelines for Writing a Professional Evaluation Report
Understand the Components of the Report
Understanding What Is Required for a Presentation to the IEP Committee
Concluding Thoughts
Glossary
References and Suggested Readings
Index

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