Special Education Assessment Issues and Strategies Affecting Today's Classrooms

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-06
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Making clear connections between assessment and instruction that so many similar texts lack, this first edition special education assessment textbook uses current research and standards-based assessment material grounded in field-based case studies to highlight the contemporary issues affecting students in classrooms today. With a strong emphasis on diversity, this robust and practical book offers current teachers and pre-service teachers alike an eye-opening and clear exploration of current formal and informal assessment tool analysis with respect to accommodations, modifications, legal and technology matters. Real-life case studies are incorporated into each chapter, helping readers to hone their decision-making skills and to understand how the chapter material relates to practical applications. At the same time, break point practices, illustrations of assessment tools, and website references provide students with multiple opportunities for self-assessment, higher-level analysis and classroom applications.

Author Biography

Dr. Effie Papoutsis Kritikos is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University, where she has taught for ten years.  She is multi-certified in various areas of special education, including speech-language pathology. Dr. Kritikos has written, reviewed and presented numerous papers for a multitude of organizations.

Table of Contents

Foundations of Special Education Assessment
Understanding Special Education Assessment and Its Legal Requirements Key Terms Assessing Sandy Chapter Objectives History of Federal Legislation Assessment and the Law Types of Assessment Multicultural Considerations
Reliability and Validity Key Terms Case Study Chapter Objectives Correlation Coefficients Reliability Types Validity Types
Norms and Test Scores Key Terms Case Study Chapter Objectives Standardized Assessment Statistics
Curriculum-Based Assessment and Informal Assessment Key Terms Case Study Chapter Objectives Defining Curriculum-Based Assessment Defining Curriculum-Based Measurement Defining Informal Assessment Multicultural Considerations Revisiting Paul
Assessing Performance Skills
Behavioral Assessment Key Terms Assessing Dion Chapter Objectives Defining Behavior Measures of Behavior Multicultural Considerations Re-Assessing Dion
Cognitive Assessment Key Terms Assessing Jenny Chapter Objectives Defining Cognition Theories of Intelligence Multicultural Considerations Revisiting Jenny
Adaptive Skills Key Terms Assessing Sam Chapter Objectives Definition of Adaptive Behavior Measures of Adaptive Behavior Functional Curriculum Multicultural Considerations Revisiting Sam
Achievement Key Terms Case Study Chapter Objectives Defining Achievement Measures of Achievement Multicultural Considerations Revisiting Nathaniel
Receptive and Expressive Language
Key Terms Assessing Joseph Introduction
Definitions of Receptive and Expressive Language
Nonlinguistic Communicators
Linguistic Communicators
Informal Measures
Cultural and Linguis
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