Assessment

Webinar: What’s Different in the Special Education Assessment Process for English Learners?

As the number of English learners and bilingual/multilingual students continues to rise in the US, teachers and administrators are in critical need of appropriate and effective processes for assessing the eligibility of students with disabilities who are also English language learners. In this webinar, you’ll learn the latest updates on assessing English speakers in four areas: linguistic, cultural, legal & ...

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Webinar: Cultural Responsiveness in Data-Based Individualization and Literacy Assessment for English Learners

In this webinar, you’ll learn attributes of culturally responsive instruction as well as research-based strategies that promote language and (bi) literacy development for English learners with and without learning disabilities. The presenters will explain a framework that infuses cultural responsiveness into the process of data-based individualization and demonstrate how the framework’s components (e.g., demonstrating an asset-based view of multilingualism and ...

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Using Data to Improve Student Learning

In today’s educational environment, the effective use of data is essential to the teaching and learning process. Data is not only used to inform instructional decision making, but it also serves as the primary accountability measure at all levels within a school system. In the classroom, within a school building, and across an entire district, data is a critical vehicle ...

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Making Assessment Matter: Using Test Results to Differentiate Instruction

All too often, literacy assessments are given only for accountability purposes and fail to be seen as valuable resources for planning and differentiating instruction. This clear, concise book shows K-5 educators how to implement a comprehensive, balanced assessment battery that integrates accountability concerns with data-driven instruction. Teachers learn to use different types of test scores to understand and address students’ ...

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English Language Learners: Differentiating Between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities

This unique guide for special education teachers, teachers of English language learners, and other practitioners provides the foundational information needed to determine whether the language difficulties experienced by English language learners (ELLs) result from the processes and stages of learning a second language or from a learning disability (LD). The book addresses the following critical factors in detail: determining whether ...

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Taming the Data Monster: Collecting and Analyzing Classroom Data to Improve Student Progress

Faced with increasing demands for accountability, teachers are having to base their instructional decisions and choice of interventions on data on student performance. In Taming the Data Monster, the authors show how to make this otherwise daunting task much more manageable—both by sharing case studies and including a variety of evidence-based forms and graphs. The data collection techniques are applicable ...

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Aligning Transition and Standards-Based Education

This book is essential reading for policymakers, administrators and preservice and inservice educators. It addresses one of the most critical issues today in secondary transition, which cuts across policy and practice, and has never before been addressed in the literature. This issue is the “disconnect” among critical aspects of law and policy that affect secondary school students with disabilities the ...

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Better IEPs: How to Develop Legally Correct and Educationally Useful Programs

A definitive book in its field, Better IEPs provides both an overview and the nuts and bolts of developing effective and legally correct individualized education programs . The revised and enhanced fifth edition is the ultimate guide to understanding IEPs from a legal standpoint and best practices in developing and monitoring them. A classic in its field, Better IEPs presents ...

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FBA and BIP: Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans

Behavioral problems in the classroom can interfere with learning for the child with behavior problems as well as for other students in the class. By conducting functional behavior assessments (FBA) and developing behavior intervention plans (BIP), student support teams can provide effective, targeted interventions to students who require intensive behavioral support. Revised in 2106, FBA and BIP:  Functional Behavioral Assessment ...

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Large Scale Assessment and Accommodations: What Works?

This book is essential reading for all who are interested in the most recent information on the policy, research, and practice of accommodating large-scale assessments in K-12 and beyond. The editors have compiled chapters by over 25 leading researchers and practitioners in the field of testing accommodations for students with disabilities and English language learners. Chapter authors include Jamal Abedi, ...

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Common Core Standards: Mathematics, Grades K-5

Excelling at math is no longer simply a matter of getting answers right. Today, the Common Core State standards require not only computational fluency, but also a deep level of comprehension and critical thinking skills.  Common Core Standards: A Step-by-Step Approach – Mathematics, Grades K-5 guides teachers in implementing instruction that builds the full range of mathematics skills outlined in ...

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Aligning IEPs to the Common Core State Standards

Current federal policy requires that alternate achievement standards be linked to grade level content that promotes access to the general curriculum. This succinctly presented book provides a clear framework for aligning academic content for students with an intellectual disability. Focuses on language arts and math, plus self-determination and assistive technology. Includes sample objectives and a case study. By Ginevra Courtade ...

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Curriculum-Based Measurement: A Teacher’s Guide

This reference guide provides an overview of the purposes and uses of curriculum-based measurement (CBM), a standardized approach to assessing student performance in order to inform educational and instructional decision making. This guide is designed for teachers, administrators and other educators who are considering using CBM, want an introduction to CBM or need a quick and easy reference. By John ...

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Webinar: Alternate Assessments for the CCSS

Learn about assessments being developed for students with the most significant intellectual disabilities, and hear discussion of policy and practice changes that will be necessary to ensure that all students can both learn, and show what they know in the CCSS. After viewing this program, you will be able to: Describe resources available from the National Center and State Collaborative ...

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Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom

Clearly written and well organized, this book shows how to apply the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) across all subject areas and grade levels. The editors and contributors describe practical ways to develop classroom goals, assessments, materials, and methods that use UDL to meet the needs of all learners. Specific teaching ideas are presented for reading, writing, science, ...

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