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Improving Test Performance of Students with Disabilities On District and State Assessments

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ISBN-10: 0761975594

ISBN-13: 9780761975595

Edition: 2000

Authors: Judy L. Elliott, Martha L. Thurlow

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"Finally, Elliott and Thurlow deliver on the major missing piece in two decades of school reform rhetoric in America real accountability includes measuring the performance of disabled students also. This book is a landmark "how to" on getting at this important educational policy issue. Must reading for all those who care about "all" kids." Carl A. Cohn, Superintendent of Schools Long Beach Unified School District California "This book is by far the most comprehensive effort at dealing with the real issues about how students with disabilities can benefit from raising standards. It will take the reader beyond the emotional arguments to solid strategies for instruction and assessment that are practical and clear for teachers, parents and administrators." Larry C. Gloecker, Deputy Commissioner Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities A step-by-step approach that improves student learning! Amendments added to the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandated that districts and states include students with disabilities in state and district-wide assessments, and report on their performance. In Improving Test Performance of Students With Disabilities, Elliott and Thurlow, nationally recognized assessment experts in the field of special education, outline how schools can improve student test performance, and improve learning as a result. Emphasizing practical application, the authors move step-by-step through different approaches to improving the performance of students with disabilities, providing: An exploration of standards-based instruction for students with disabilities Strategies for making right decisions in specific situations Tips for accurate and effective documentation Checklists, worksheets, and fact sheets for tracking student progress and improving performance A valuable professional development resource section with real-world activities Key points about assessment, decision-making, and instruction Topic-specific Internet sites National and regional networks for technical assistance and resource dissemination All district and school professionals, including IEP teams and teachers, will find this an essential resource for helping students improve learning, and benefit from their inclusion in assessment and accountability systems.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 8/16/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Preface
About the Authors
Key Elements in Maximizing the Performance of Students with Disabilities
Educational Accountability
What Is It?
Standards-Based Instruction
The Backbone of Educational Accountability
Improving the Performance of Students in the Alternate Assessment
Accommodations
How to Make Sound Decisions for Instruction and Assessment
Preparing Students for Testing
Parent Support for Testing
Integrating Transition Needs With Accountability Requirements
Instruction
The Bottom Line in Improving Test Performance
Teaching and Assessment for Shades of Grey
The Kids in Between
Addressing the Assessment Needs of Students with Disabilities Who are Learning English
The IEP/LEP Population
Reproducible Forms
Professional Development
Technical Assistance and Dissemination Networks
Glossary
Index