Assessment in Special Education / Edition 2by Roger Pierangelo, George A. Giuliani
Pub. Date: 03/25/2005
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
This text presents a uniquely practical approach to the topic of Assessment in Special Education. The authors organize the material into a “real-world story,” by having each part and chapter of the book reflect the linear chronology of the assessment process used in schools.Unlike other books, this book is organized chronologically to/p>/b>/b>
This text presents a uniquely practical approach to the topic of Assessment in Special Education. The authors organize the material into a “real-world story,” by having each part and chapter of the book reflect the linear chronology of the assessment process used in schools.Unlike other books, this book is organized chronologically to present the overall process in a “straight line” — a practical and useful pedagogy in itself for the novice teacher. The text provides the practical tools necessary for a new teacher to understand the process of assessment in schools and then learn how to put it all together. It provides future special educators comprehensive coverage of the latest tests and evaluation procedures for all areas of exceptionality — for every age group — for students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities.
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Table of Contents
I. FOUNDATIONAL CONCEPTS IN ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION.
1. Introduction to Assessment.
Overview of Assessment.
Purpose of Assessment.
Individuals Involved in the Assessment Process.
Classifications under IDEA .
How Students Are Identified for Assessment.
Parental Consent and the Assessment Process.
Components of a Comprehensive Assessment.
2. Legal Issues in Assessment.
Landmark Court Cases in Special Education.
The History of Federal Legislation for Individuals with Disabilities.
3. Methods of Assessment and Testing Considerations.
Assessment and Testing Considerations.
4. Basic Statistical Concepts.
Scales of Measurement.
Measures of Central Tendency.
5. Validity and Reliability.
6. Scoring Terminology Used in Assessment.
Calculation of Age.
Percentile Ranks (Percentiles).
Comparing z Scores, T Scores, and Stanines.
Grade Equivalent Scores.
II. THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCESS.
7. The Child Study Team and Prereferral Strategies.
The Child Study Team.
Recommendations by the Child Study Team–Prereferral Strategies.
8. The Multidisciplinary Team and Parental Participation in the Assessment Process.
Purpose of The Multidisciplinary Team.
Membership of the Multidisciplinary Team.
Formal Referral for a Suspected Disability.
Assessment Plans–Consent for Evaluation.
Assessment Options of the Multidisciplinary Team.
Parental Participation in the Assessment Process.
9. Assessment of Academic Achievement.
Reading Assessment Measures.
Tests of Written Language.
Assessment of Mathematical Abilities.
Comprehensive Tests of academic Achievement.
10. Assessment of Intelligence.
Measures of Intellectual Ability–The Wechsler Scales.
Other Measures of Intelligence.
11. Assessment of Behavior.
Assessing Problem Behavior.
Understanding a Student’s Behavior During Assessment.
Assessing Emotional and Social Development.
Assessment of Adaptive Behavior.
Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavioral Intervention Plans.
12. Assessment of Perceptual Abilities.
The Learning Process.
The Purpose of Perceptual Evaluations.
Comprehensive Measures of Perceptual Abilities.
13. Assessment of Speech and Language.
Speech and Language.
Types of Speech and Language Disorders.
Assessment Measures of Speech and Language.
14. Early Childhood Assessment.
Early Childhood Assessment.
Legal Foundations for Assessment Procedures.
The Challenge of Early Childhood Assessment.
The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
Working with the Family in Early Childhood Assessment.
Early Childhood Assessment measures.
15. Other Areas of Assessment.
Assessment of Hearing.
Assessment Measures of Hearing.
Physical and Occupational Therapy Assessment.
16. Determining Whether a Disability Exists.
Diagnosing a Disability.
Mild Mental Retardation/Developmental Disability.
17. Writing a Comprehensive Report in Special Education.
Practical Guidelines for Report Writing.
Criteria for Writing a Comprehensive Report.
18. Eligibility Procedures for Special Education Services.
The Eligibility Committee (IEP Team).
IDEA and Eligibility Committee Meetings.
Developing the Information Packet for the Eligibility Committee.
Presentation to the EC by the Special Education Teacher as Educational Evaluator.
Classification Recommendations of the EC.
LRE Placement Considerations According to IDEIA.
Developing the IEP.
Presentation to the EC: The Special Education Teacher as Classroom Teacher.
The Annual Review.
The Triennial Review.
Declassifying a Child in Special Education.
19. Development of the IEP.
20. Special Topics in Assessment.
Questions and Answers About State and District-Wide Assessments.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.
References and Suggested Readings.
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