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State Alternate Assessments [microform] : Status as IDEA Alternate Assessment Requirements Take Effect. Synthesis Report 35 / Sandra J. Thompson and Martha L. Thurlow
Bib ID 5675635
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Thompson, Sandra J
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 2000 
68 p. 
Summary

An online survey investigated the development of alternate assessments for students with disabilities who cannot participate in state and district-wide assessment programs. Responses from all 50 states, American Samoa, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Marshall Islands, Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C. found there is a divergence in who is involved in the development of alternate assessments that is reflected in the nature of the standards and the approach taken by states. While many states included state and local special and general educators in the design of their alternate assessment systems, a small number viewed alternate assessment development as a special education initiative. The most prevalent alternate assessment approach is the collection of a body of evidence that assesses functional indicators of progress toward state standards using a variety of performance-based assessment strategies. Nine states plan to base their alternate assessment on separate standards or skill sets that are not linked to general education standards. Although only a few states are actually implementing their alternate assessments statewide, most states are close to being ready to do so. The survey found that the areas of greatest need for development are scoring procedures and how data will be reported. (Contains 10 references.) (CR)

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Availability: National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455; Tel: 612-624-8561; Fax: 612-624-0879; Web site: http://www.coled.umn.edu/NCEO ($20).

Sponsoring Agency: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: H159C950004.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Disabilities.  |  Educational Assessment.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Evaluation Methods.  |  National Surveys.  |  Performance Based Assessment.  |  Policy Formation.  |  Regular and Special Education Relationship.  |  Special Education.  |  State Programs.  |  Student Evaluation.  |  Test Construction.  |  Test Content.  |  Alternative Assessment
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Thurlow, Martha L., author  |  National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN  |  Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC  |  National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA
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