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States' Out-of-Level Testing Policies. Out-of-Level Testing Report 4 [microform] / Martha Thurlow and Jane Minnema
Bib ID 5685403
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Thurlow, Martha
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 2001 
38 p. 

In an attempt to include more students with disabilities in large-scale assessments, 12 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia) allowed out-of-level testing during the 2000-2001 school year. This report discusses the context of state assessment systems, including the accountability practices in which out-of-level testing is implemented. It then describes specific out-of-level testing policies in those states with policies that allow students to be tested out of level in large-scale assessments. By reviewing all 12 states' policies on out-of-level testing, it was found there was a wide variability across states in both policy content and suggested practices for implementing out-of-level testing at the local level. The report concludes by highlighting four discussion points. First, there is a need to increase the specificity of out-of-level testing policy language to guide testing at the local level in a suitable manner. Second, analyses indicate four labels (accommodations, modifications, nonstandard, and alternate assessment) are used for out-of-level testing across states, but there is little consistency in what the terms mean. Third, what is reflected in state policy may not reflect implementation. Fourth, the long-term effects on students are unknown. (Contains 12 references.) (CR)


Availability: National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($10). Tel: 612-626-1530; Fax: 612-624-0879; Web site:

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

Contract Number: H324D990058.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)  |  Academic Standards.  |  Alternative Assessment.  |  Disabilities.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Evaluation Methods.  |  Policy Formation.  |  State Programs.  |  Student Evaluation.  |  Student Participation.  |  Testing.  |  Out of Level Testing Testing Accommodations (Disabilities)  |  Alaska Arizona California Connecticut Delaware Iowa Louisiana North Dakota South Carolina Utah Vermont West Virginia
Form/genre Information Analyses.
Other authors/contributors Minnema, Jane, 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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