Assessment

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

This laminated reference guide provides an efficient and effective template/model to conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP) that work. The focus of this guide is on developing team-based intervention plans for the students who require intensive, individualized behavioral intervention and includes: a team problem-solving approach to reduce behavior problems in schools, concise description of the steps ...

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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

This laminated reference guide offers baseline knowledge about the CCSS and is intended to translate the goals, expectations, knowledge and skills into behavior that yields achievement for all students, regardless of ability levels, within inclusive classrooms. Specific curriculum examples for Mathematics standards are delineated for populations of learners in grades K-5, with timelines and teacher tips that offer ideas for ...

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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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Reading Assessment in an RTI Framework

From leading experts, this indispensable resource presents a practical model for conducting reading assessments for screening, diagnosis and progress monitoring in each of the three tiers of response to intervention (RTI). K-8 teachers and school personnel are guided to use norm-referenced, informal and curriculum-based measures to assess key components of reading development and make informed choices about instruction. The book ...

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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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Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching

Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging and success oriented–and has been shown to promote achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. The authors are leading experts who provide clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, skills and routines to ...

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