A report examining states that are transitioning to college- and
career-ready standards-driven assessments
to prepare all K-12 students, including
students with disabilities, English language
learners (ELLs) with disabilities, and ELLs,
for post-school success. Many states are
collaborating through consortia of states
to develop general assessments, alternate
assessments based on alternate achievement
standards (AA-AAS), or assessments
of English language proficiency (ELP).
This report from the Institute’s National
Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
provides a snapshot of the new initiatives,
trends, accomplishments, and emerging
issues for states and consortia during this
important period of education reform
in relation to the academic achievement
of students with disabilities. Its findings
come from responses to NCEO’s survey
of state directors of special education
and state directors of assessment in all 50
regular states and from 8 of the 11 unique
states. This survey has been conducted for
more than two decades, and among the
findings from this year were that states
were cognizant of the benefits of inclusive
assessment and accountability systems,
and continued to improve assessment
design, participation, accessibility and
accommodations policies, monitoring
practices, and data reporting. States also
identified key areas of need for technical
assistance to facilitate the implementation
of next generation assessments. Published
The Center is supported through a Cooperative Agreement (#H326G110002)
with the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs,
U.S. Department of Education. The contents of this report were developed under the
Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of Education, but does not
necessarily represent the policy or opinions of the U.S. Department of Education
or Offices within it.
V., Shyyan; Lazarus, Sheryl; Thurlow, Martha.
2014 Survey of States - Initiatives, Trends, and Accomplishments (NCEO State Survey Report).
University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).
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