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Minnesota's Comprehensive Assessments [microform] : 1998 and 1999 Participation and Performance of Students with Disabilities. State Assessment Series, Minnesota Report 32 / Lynn Walz, Sandra Thompson and Martha Thurlow
Bib ID 5679220
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Walz, Lynn
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 2000 
35 p. 

This report focuses on the participation and performance of students with disabilities on the initial administration of Minnesota's Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). The MCAs are criterion-referenced tests used for district accountability purposes and as tools for making decisions about curriculum and instruction. Assessments in mathematics and reading were initially administered to students in third and fifth grade in 1998 and 1999. The test of written composition was administered to fifth graders only. Results from the examination indicate: (1) school district participation across Minnesota included nearly 85 percent of third and fifth graders with disabilities; (2) participation rates of students across disability categories were similar in 1998 and 1999 with students with learning disabilities, with speech/language impairments, and with emotional/behavioral disorders participating at very high rates; (3) MCAs participation of students with moderate to severe impairments was the lowest of all disability categories at 4 to 9 percent; (4) performance of third graders across all disability categories averaged about 0.5 to 1 standard deviation below the expected mean; and (5) performance of fifth graders with disabilities averaged about 0.75 standard deviation below the expected mean. Appendices include federal requirements for assessment participation and allowable testing accommodations. (CR)


Availability: National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($8). Tel: 612-624-8561; Fax: 612-624-0879; Web site:

Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: R279A50011.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)  |  Accountability.  |  Basic Skills.  |  Criterion Referenced Tests.  |  Curriculum Design.  |  Disabilities.  |  Educational Assessment.  |  Elementary Education.  |  Graduation Requirements.  |  Mathematics Tests.  |  Outcomes of Education.  |  Reading Tests.  |  School Districts.  |  Severity (of Disability)  |  State Programs.  |  Student Characteristics.  |  Student Participation.  |  Writing (Composition)  |  Testing Accommodations (Disabilities)  |  Minnesota
Form/genre Numerical/Quantitative Data.  |  Reports, Descriptive.
Other authors/contributors Thompson, Sandra, author  |  Thurlow, Martha, author  |  Spicuzza, Richard, author  |  Minnesota State Dept. of Children, Families, and Learning, St. Paul
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