NYSTCE Students with Disabilities (060) Book + Online

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REA's NYSTCE Students with Disabilities (060) Test Prep with Online Practice Tests Gets You Certified and in the Classroom!

Fully Up-to-Date for the Current Exam!

Nationwide, nearly 300,000 teachers are needed annually, and all must take appropriate tests to be licensed. REA gets you ready for your teaching career with our outstanding library of Teacher Certification test preps.

Our test prep is designed to help teacher candidates master the information on the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities (060) exam and get certified. It's perfect for college students, teachers, and career-changing professionals who are looking to become New York State Special Education teachers.

Written by teacher education experts, this study package contains in-depth reviews of all the subareas and objectives tested on the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities exam: understanding and evaluating students with disabilities, promoting student learning and development, working in a collaborative professional environment, and more. End of chapter practice quizzes reinforce key concepts.

Two full-length practice tests are offered online in a timed format with instant scoring, diagnostic feedback, and detailed explanations of answers. Each test features every type of question, subject area, and skill you need to know for the exam. Our online practice tests replicate the NYSTCE question format, allowing you to assess your skills and gauge your test-readiness.

The online tests at REA's Study Center offer the most powerful scoring and diagnostic tools available today. Automatic scoring and instant reports help you zero in on the topics and types of questions that give you trouble now, so you'll succeed when it counts. Every practice exam comes with detailed feedback on every question.

The book includes the same two practice tests that are offered online, but without the added benefits of detailed scoring analysis and diagnostic feedback. This complete test prep package comes with a customized study schedule and REA's test-taking strategies and tips.

This test prep is a must-have for anyone who wants to teach students with disabilities in New York!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738611457
Publisher: Research & Education Association
Publication date: 02/19/2016
Series: NYSTCE Teacher Certification Test Prep
Edition description: First
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 203,981
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dr. Ken Springer is a faculty member at Southern Methodist University. After receiving his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1990, he joined SMU’s Psychology Department. In 2002, he moved to the Department of Teaching and Learning, where he teaches graduate classes in methodology and conducts research in the area of academic achievement.

Michelle Chamblin earned her Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She has worked as a special education teacher for The New York City Board of Education and a resource room teacher and administrator for the Elmont School District. Michelle currently works as an Associate Professor at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York.

Ann Monroe-Baillargeon, Ph.D., is the chair and professor of Education at Alfred University, in Alfred, New York. Dr. Monroe-Baillargeon received her B.A. degree in Special Education from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her M.S. degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine, and her Ph.D. in Teaching and Curriculum from Syracuse University. She teaches courses in special education, inclusive education, literacy practices, research methodologies, and advanced trends in education. Her research focuses on inclusive education and teacher education and literacy.

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Passing the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities Test

Congratulations! By taking the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities test, you are on your way to a rewarding teaching career. Our book and the online tools that come with it give you what you need to succeed on this important exam, bringing you one step closer to being certified to teach in New York.

Our NYSTCE Students with Disabilities Book + Online Prep package includes:

• Complete overview of the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities examination

• Comprehensive review of all competencies

• Two full-length practice tests (in the book and online) with powerful diagnostic tools to help you pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and focus your study

• Detailed answer explanations

There are many different ways to prepare for the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities test. What’s best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. Our book and online tests give you the tools you need to customize your prep so you can make the most of your study time.

How to Use this Book + Online Prep

About the Review

The review chapters in this book are designed to help you sharpen your command of all the skills you’ll need to pass the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities test. Whether you’re a recent graduate of a traditional teacher education program or you’ve gone the alternate route, our review will reinforce what you have learned and show you how to relate the information you have acquired to the specific competencies on the exam.

Our targeted review covers what you need to know to succeed on the exam. Afterstudying our review, you will have an excellent grasp of the subject matter and a solid foundation for passing the exam.

About the REA Study Center

We know your time is valuable and you want an efficient study experience. At the online REA Study Center (www.rea.com/studycenter), you will get diagnostic feedback right from the start on what you know and what you don’t know.

Here’s what you’ll find at the Study Center:

2 Full-Length Practice Tests—Simulate the computer-based format of the actual NYSTCE test and give you the most complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses.

Automatic Scoring—Find out how you did on your test, instantly.

Diagnostic Score Reports—Get a specific score tied to each competency, so you can focus on the areas that challenge you the most.

On-screen Detailed Answer Explanations—See why the correct response option is right, and learn why the other answer choices are incorrect.

Timed Testing—Learn to manage your time as you practice, so you’ll feel confident on test day.

If you are studying and don’t have Internet access, you can take the printed tests in the book. These are the same practice tests offered at the REA Study Center, but without the added benefits of timed testing conditions and diagnostic score reports. Remember, the more you practice, the more comfortable you will be with the format of the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities test—and that will help you score higher!

Getting Started

Before you work through this book, we strongly recommend that you visit the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations website at www.nystce.nesinc.com. There you’ll find the most current information on the exam, including registration information, testing sites, testing format, test-day advice, registration cost, and other available test preparation materials.

An Overview of the Test

Who Takes the Test, and What Is It Used for?

The NYSTCE Students with Disabilities test is used by the State of New York to assess knowledge of teacher certification candidates. If you do not achieve a passing score on the test, don’t panic. You can take the test again, so you can work on improving your score in preparation for your next administration.

About Computer-Based Testing

The NYSTCE Students with Disabilities test is offered only on computer at flexible times and locations throughout the year. In computer-based testing, examinees complete the test by selecting answers on-screen to multiple-choice questions and typing responses to constructed-response assignments. The NYSTCE Students with Disabilities test contains one constructed-response item.

When Should the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities Test Be Taken?

The test is usually taken immediately before the completion of a teacher certification program at a college or university. This gives candidates enough time to retake the test if necessary. Our practice tests will familiarize you with the format of the exam so that you do not have to go through the anxiety of learning about the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities test during the actual exam.

When and Where Is the Test Given?

The NYSTCE Students with Disabilities test is administered at various times and locations in New York State and in select cities nationwide. The exam can be taken year-round, Monday through Saturday by appointment. To find a testing center near you, visit the official website: www.nystce.nesinc.com.

Is There a Registration Fee?

Yes, you must pay a fee to take the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities test. Payment must be made at the time of registration using a credit card (VISA or MasterCard only).

Why should I take the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities Test?

The New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) includes among its components a set of Content Specialty Tests. Teachers in New York must achieve passing scores on the Content Specialty Test in their subject area. A passing score on this exam is among the requirements for several different certificates. Whether you are a student, a graduate from an approved teacher preparation program in New York State, or an educator who has received certification in another state, you should carefully read the requirements for working with students with disabilities provided on the New York State Education Department website.

What Is Assessed on the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities Test?

The NYSTCE Students with Disabilities exam tests seven broad competencies along with the performance indicators aligned to each competency. Listed on the next page are the competencies used as the basis for the Students with Disabilities examination, as well as the approximate percentage of the total exam that each competency covers. These competencies represent the knowledge that teams of teachers, administrators, subject area specialists, and others have determined to be important for beginning teachers who work with students with disabilities.

Each chapter in this book reviews the competencies one by one. The review material is organized within each chapter by the performance indicators that the New York State Education Department lists for each competency.

Scoring the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities Test

How is the Test Scored?

The Students with Disabilities exam consists of 90 selected-response questions and 1 constructed-response question. You will have 195 minutes to complete the exam. It is suggested that you spend approximately 60 minutes completing the selected-response section and 135 minutes responding to the constructed-response question. You will not lose points for incorrect answers to the selected-response questions; therefore, you should not leave any of these questions unanswered. However, you must respond to the constructed response question. If you do not respond, or if your response is otherwise unscorable, you will not pass.

Responses to the 91 items are scaled so that scores on the Students with Disabilities test range from 100 to 300. A score of 220 is considered passing.

Table of Contents

About Our Authors
About REA

Chapter 1: Passing the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities Test
How to Use this Book + Online Prep
Getting Started
An Overview of the Test
What Is Assessed on the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities Test?
Scoring the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities Test
Study Schedule
Test-Taking Tips to Boost Your Score
The Day of the Test

Chapter 2: Competency 0001. Foundations of Special Education
Historical Changes
Procedural Safeguards
Due Process
Age of Majority
Culturally Responsive Strategies
The Team Approach
Team Characteristics
Professional Development
Characteristics of Scientifically Based Research
Preferred Research Designs
National Organizations
Local Organizations
Organizations in New York
Practice Questions

Chapter 3: Competency 0002. Knowledge of Students with Disabilities
Receptive vs. Expressive Language
Components of Language
The Sequence of Language Development
Reading Development: The Example of Decoding
Reading Difficulties
Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
Children with Disabilities
Learning and Instructional Strategies
Cultural and Linguistic Differences
Social Support
Practice Questions

Chapter 4: Competency 0003. Assessment and Individual Program Planning
Types of Assessment
Alternative Assessments
Alternative Assessment and Students with Disabilities
Alternative Assessment and State-Mandated Testing
Nonbiased Assessments
Assessment Accommodations
Norm-Referenced Assessment
Criterion-Referenced Assessment
Individual-Referenced Assessment
Performance-Based Assessment
Technical Adequacy of Assessment
Eligibility for Services
The SETT Framework
Progress Monitoring
Continuum of Services
Composition of IEP Team (CSE or CPSE)
IEP Content
Behavioral Intervention Plans
Transition Planning
Practice Questions

Chapter 5: Competency 0004. Strategies for Planning and Managing the Learning Environment and for Providing Behavioral Interventions
Physical Environment
Time Management
Student Behavior
Teacher Impact
Building Rapport
Grouping Strategies
Classroom Management and Students with Disabilities
Traditional Approaches to Addressing Misbehavior
Positive Behavior Support
Processes of Learning and Behavioral Change
Environmental Modifications
Classroom Crises
Practice Questions

Chapter 6: Competency 0005. Instructional Planning and Delivery to Promote Students’ Success in the General Curriculum
New York State Learning Standards
Accessing the General Education Classroom
Differentiated Instruction
Specific Strategies for Differentiation
Instructional and Curricular Modifications
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
Reading Fluency
Reading Comprehension
Comprehension Monitoring
Systematic Instruction in Mathematics
Instructional Goals
Systematic Instruction
Integrating Across the General Curriculum
Assistive Technologies and Visual Impairments
Practice Questions

Chapter 7: Competency 0006. Strategies for Teaching Communication Skills, Social Skills, and Functional Living Skills
Types of Communication Deficits
Speech Impairments
Language Impairments
Prevention and Intervention
Segregated vs. Integrated Instruction
Content-Based vs. Task-Based Instruction
Alternative and Augmentative Communication Systems
Children with Speech or Language Impairments
Adaptive Life Skills
Social Skills
Promoting Self-Advocacy
Stages of Career Development
Personal Management and Independent Living
Transitions During the School Years
IDEA and Transition
Postsecondary Goals and IEP Goals
Transition and Characteristics of Students and Families
Practice Questions

Chapter 8: Competency 0007. Analysis, Synthesis, and Application
Profile Analysis
Areas of Need
Skill Deficits vs. Performance Deficits
Data Collection by Teachers
Data Collection by the CSE and Others
Functional Behavior Assessment
FBA and Intervention
Behavior Intervention Plan
Success of BIP
Reading Programs
The Case of Jay
The Case of Rhonda
The Case of Pete
The Case of Jill
Academic vs. Functional Skills
Functional Skills
Systematic Instructions and Functional Skills
School-Based Support for Transition
Individual Support for Transition
Agency Support for Transition
Supported Employment
Coordination of Support
Practice Questions

Practice Test 1..........................(also available online at www.rea.com/studycenter)
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers

Practice Test 2..........................(also available online at www.rea.com/studycenter)
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers


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