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Pt. 1 Introduction to Assessment
Ch. 1 An Introduction
Ch. 2 Law, Ethics, and Issues
Pt. 2 Technical Prerequisites of Understanding Assessment
Ch. 3 Descriptive Statistics
Ch. 4 Reliability and Validity
Ch. 5 Introduction to Norm-Referenced Assessment
Pt. 3 Assessing Students
Ch. 6 Curriculum-Based Assessment and Other Informal Measures
Ch. 7 Academic Assessment
Ch. 8 Assessment of Behavior
Ch. 9 Measures of Intelligence and Adaptive Behavior
Ch. 10 Special Considerations of Assessment in Early Childhood and Transition
Pt. 4 Interpretation of Assessment Results
Ch. 11 Interpreting Assessment for Educational Intervention
Appendix Key to End-of-Chapter Exercises
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:
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.
Posted February 22, 2010