Common Misperceptions and Research-Based Recommendations for Alternate Assessment Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (NCEO Synthesis Report)

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Common Misperceptions and Research-Based Recommendations for Alternate Assessment Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (NCEO Synthesis Report)

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2010-02

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University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

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A report exploring misperceptions about assessments and the students who are assessed using Alternate Assessments based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS). The misperceptions have been encountered by the National Alternate Assessment Center (NAAC) and National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) in their collaborative work with states and educators on the AA-AAS. AA-AAS are designed so that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities can be included in large-scale accountability testing, and promote their access to the same interesting and challenging curriculum as their peers. This report explores common misperceptions related to three major themes: (a) the characteristics of students who participate in AA-AAS; (b) the content that should be taught and assessed by teachers; and (c) issues regarding the purpose and the validity of AA-AAS outcomes. For each misperception, it proposes research-based recommendations to address them, and refers to the recent literature on assessment, curriculum, and instruction for students with the most significant disabilities to support its analysis and recommendations.

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The Center is supported through a Cooperative Agreement (#H326G050007) with the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Additional support for targeted projects, including those on English language learners, is provided by other federal and state agencies. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education or Offices within it. The development of this report was also supported, in part, by funding from the National Alternate Assessment Center (NAAC)

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Kleinert, Harold; Flowers, Claudia; Quenemoen, Mari; Kearns, Jacqui; Quenemoen, Rachel. (2010). Common Misperceptions and Research-Based Recommendations for Alternate Assessment Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (NCEO Synthesis Report). Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/173836.

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