Assessment

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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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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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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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

Curriculum-Based Measurement: A Teacher’s Guide, by John Hosp and Michelle Hosp, is a practical quick-reference guide that helps teachers utilize curriculum-based measurement to assess student learning across content areas and make educational and instructional decisions. It explains what CBM is, the benefits of using CBM, and how CBM can be used to collect data for screening and progress decisions as ...

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Informal Assessment for Transition Planning

An assessment resource that school-based personnel can use to determine or confirm transition strengths, preferences, interests and needs for appropriate transition planning in the IEP. A highly practical and useful resource in the IEP transition planning process for: Obtaining and confirming assessment information; Establishing some basic estimates of present level of functional achievement; Providing a set of motivating and engaging ...

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Building Number Sense Through the Common Core

The “math” is on the wall: unless our youngest mathematicians have a solid understanding of number sense, they have little hope of mastering the higher math that lies ahead. This essential resource helps you identify where K-3 students are likely to struggle, and then intervene with smart, targeted instruction. The authors provide: Teaching strategies that build number sense skills, including ...

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Strategies at Hand: Quick and Handy Positive Behavior Support

Strategies at Hand provides a quick overview of how to conduct a functional behavioral assessment, collect data, and much more. With this tabbed resource at their fingertips, teachers will never again have to search for effective behavior management strategies. The authors reintroduce the much-valued concept of convenience to teachers, paraprofessionals and related professionals who work with students with autism spectrum ...

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The RTI Approach to Evaluating Learning Disabilities

This book presents clear-cut procedures for using response to intervention (RTI) to determine a K-12 student’s eligibility for special education under the designation of specific learning disabilities (SLD). Comprehensive guidelines are provided for gathering student data in the course of interventions and ruling out causes other than SLD for academic problems. Special features include case examples, tips for creating individualized ...

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Responsiveness to Intervention: TEC Collection

This book presents a select set of articles taken from issues of TEACHING Exceptional Children that establish a cogent framework for understanding response to intervention (RTI) as a means of preventing academic failure and identifying students with learning disabilities (LD). The articles in the book have been selected because they embody the commendable components of best practice identified by the ...

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IEPs & CCSS: Specially Designed Instructional Strategies

The Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted in most states in the country, delineate the skills and knowledge that students are expected to possess at each grade level (K-12) in order to be college and career ready (CCR) by the time they graduate high school. They are designed to ensure that ALL American students–including students with disabilities– receive ...

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