Assessing Learners with Special Needs: An Applied Approach / Edition 7

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Assessing Learners with Special Needs: An Applied Approach, seventh edition, is a practical book designed to teach you about the complex procedures of the assessment process.

Each chapter starts out with a chapter focus that contains CEC Knowledge and Skills Standards that show you what you are expected to master in the chapter. Concepts are presented in a step-by-step manner followed by exercises that help you understand each step. Portions of assessment instruments, protocols, and scoring tables are provided to help you with the practice exercises. Additionally, you will participate in the educational decision-making process using data from classroom observations, curriculum-based assessment, functional behavior assessment, and norm-referenced assessment.

New to the seventh edition:

  • An emphasis on progress monitoring, including progress monitoring applied to the acquisition of knowledge and skills presented in this text
  • The assessment process according to the regulations of IDEA 2004
  • A separate chapter on transition issues and assessment
  • A separate chapter on assessment in infancy and early childhood
  • A new chapter on the measurement aspects of Response to Intervention
  • Increased consideration of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the assessment process
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131367104
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/19/2011
  • Series: MyEducationLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 35,902
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Overton has experience as a special education classroom teacher, educational diagnostician, and consults with school districts regularly as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She conducts research in the area of autism spectrum disorders and assessment and she continues to provide professional development to school districts to assist with the implementation of RTI models.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction to Assessment

Chapter 1 An Introduction

Chapter 2 Laws, Ethics, and Issues

Part 2 Technical Prerequisites of Understanding Assessment

Chapter 3 Descriptive Statistics

Chapter 4 Reliability and Validity

Chapter 5 An Introduction to Norm-Referenced Assessment

Part 3 Assessing Students

Chapter 6 Curriculum-Based Assessment and Other Informal Measures

Chapter 7 Response to Intervention

Chapter 8 Academic Assessment

Chapter 9 Assessment of Behavior

Chapter 10 Measurement of Intelligence and Adaptive Behavior

Chapter 11 Special Considerations of Assessment in Early Childhood

Chapter 12 Special Considerations of Assessment in Transition

Part 4 Interpretation of Assessment Results

Chapter 13 Interpreting Assessment for Educational Intervention

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The process of assessing students with special needs continues to change. The fourth edition of Assessing learners with Special Needs: An Applied Approach was written to reflect the changes in the assessment process.

Like earlier editions, the primary focus of this text is to provide students with a practical applied approach for learning about the complex procedures of the assessment process. This latest revision incorporates the federal regulations for the IDEA 1997 Amendments and includes the following changes:

  • Application exercises that reflect increasing consideration of learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Issues and practices of high-stakes assessment of learners with special needs
  • Issues and practices of transition planning for learners with special needs Issues and practices of functional behavioral assessment of learners with special needs
  • Case examples that provide students with experiences in the interpretation of data from reevaluations and comprehensive evaluations of learners from culturally and linguistically diverse environments
  • Case examples that provide students with exercises involving considerations for transition planning, functional behavioral assessment, and educational planning for various ages
  • Opportunities for students to participate in team meetings to determine the outcomes for the case examples
  • Opportunities for students to complete short-term behaviorally stated objectives or benchmarks and long-term goals for case examples

This text presents complex concepts in a step-by-step manner and provides students with practiceexercises for each step. Students also have portions of assessment instruments, protocols, and scoring tables provided as part of their practice exercises. Students will participate in the educational decision-making process using data from norm-referenced instruments, informal assessment data, and functional behavioral assessment data. Students will have the opportunity to plan for appropriate statewide assessment accommodations in application exercises.

The text is divided into four parts. Part 1, "Introduction to Assessment," introduces students to the assessment process and the federal laws and regulations governing that process. Professional standards and ethical considerations are included in Part 1.

Part 2, "Technical Prerequisites of Understanding Assessment," addresses the topics of descriptive statistics, reliability, validity, and the basic mechanics of administering tests. This part also presents both individualized assessment and group assessment, including high-stakes testing.

Part 3, "Assessing Students," includes numerous norm-referenced instruments, informal instruments, techniques for informal assessment, and behavioral assessment. It also covers the issues and practices of assessing young children and youth who are transitioning to adulthood.

Part 4, "Interpreting Assessment for Educational Intervention," discusses interpreting test results for interventions and eligibility decisions, writing test results, and using test results to write short-term objectives and long-term goals. Students using this text will draw on the information in these chapters to conduct team meetings in order to reach educational decisions.

At the end of most chapters the reader will find exercises to review and reinforce the chapter content. Because Chapter 13, "Case Studies," is completely an application chapter, it does not include the end-of-chapter exercise.

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    Useful Textbook

    This is a very helpful book for teachers and future teacher who may be teaching students with disabilities.

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