The national movement towards standards-based public school education and
accountability has deeply affected the professional lives of America‟s educators. As
states have wrestled with complex issues surrounding instruction and assessment,
researchers have developed measures to monitor the attitudes and beliefs of those who
teach America‟s students. To that end, this research used interview methods to investigate
special education teacher perceptions of the effects of statewide assessment and
accommodations on student academic outcomes. Participants included 10 elementary and
middle school special education teachers. Results indicated that teachers shared common
perceptions related to the value and fairness of accountability assessment, including the
use of accommodations, and that these feelings influenced educator decision making,assessment viability, and a desire for new and more effective instruments.
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. June 2011. Major: Educational policy and administration. Advisor: Dr. Jean A. King. 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 73 pages, appendices A-C.
Altman, Jason R..
Special education teacher perceptions of changes in student outcomes due to current assessment practices.
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