Assessment of Children and Youth with Special Needs

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-24
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Written in a straightforward, accessible manner,Assessment of Children and Youth, Fourth Editionemphasizes contemporary, practical, and authentic approaches and proven techniques of widely-used tests and measures on special education classroom assessment. Readers will be given the most current information on assessment approaches, research-based practices, and federal mandates related to assessment of students with disabilities, ages 3 - 20. Incorporating formal, informal, and performance-based assessment tools, critical topics linked to school-based examples, and more, special education teachers will be exposed to the most prevalent information, knowledge, and skills that they need to know about special education classroom assessment. This new edition incorporates best practices and the use of technology in assessment practices, and covers contemporary, classroom and teacher approaches; research-based practices; formal and informal assessments and testing practices; observation techniques; functional behavioral assessment; curriculum-based assessment; criterion-referenced assessment; performance-based assessments; standardized instruments; contemporary approaches to the assessment of literacy and mathematics; interpreting tests; writing reports; and program evaluation. The book is written specifically for pre-service and practicing special educators and other related professionals who, in reading this thoroughly-updated edition, will be exposed to the most prevalent information, knowledge and skills available regarding special education classroom assessment.

Author Biography

Dr. Libby G. Cohen is a Professor at the National Institute of Education in Singapore and Professor Emerita at the University of Southern Maine. Her work has focused on linking assessment with teaching and learning, accessibility to technology, and universal design. She is the author of several books including Assessment of Children and Youth and Teaching Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities:  Research-based Practices.


Dr. Loraine J. Spenciner is a professor of special education at the University of Maine at Farmington.  She has authored numerous articles, chapters, and textbooks including: Assessment of Children and Youth, Assessment of Young Children, and Teaching Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities:  Research-based Practices.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foundations of Assessment

1. Understanding Assessment

2. Response to Intervention

3. Assessment Framework

4. Involving Families

Part II Assessment Skills

5. Reliability and Validity

6. Developing Technical Skills

7. Test Interpretation and Report Writing

Part III  Behavior

8. Observing, Interviewing, and Conferencing

9. Behavior (adaptive and problem behaviors)

Part IV Achievement

10. Achievement: Overall Performance

11. Reading

12. Written Language

13. Oral Language

14  Mathematics

15. Performance-based, Authentic, and Portfolio Assessments 

Part IV Special Considerations

16. Cognition

 17. Young Children

18. Transition

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