Including Students with Disabilities in Large-Scale Assessments: Summary of Current and Ongoing Research Activities

This appendix is a catalogue of the projects summarized and described in more detail in Olson and Goldstein (1997).

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • Working Conference on Guidelines for Inclusion of Students with Disabilities and Accommodations in Large-Scale Assessment Programs . This report (National Center on Educational Outcomes, 1994a) summarizes a conference at which a variety of issues relating to the participation of students with disabilities in large-scale assessments and guidelines for including and accommodating students were discussed. Many recommendations made to NCES were incorporated into National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) procedures for upcoming assessments.
  • Working Paper on Assessing Students with Disabilities and Limited English Proficiency (Houser, 1995).
National Academy of Education (NAE)

Several studies were conducted for the National Academy of Education by the American Institutes for Research to evaluate the NAEP Trial State Assessment. NAE's evaluation of the 1992 trial state assessment (National Academy of Education, 1993) examined the exclusion of students, and the evaluation of the 1994 assessment (National Academy of Education, 1996) examined the accessibility of English-language learners and those with individual education programs who were excluded.

National Center on Educational Outcomes

This center has issued a collection of reports that include recommendations for the inclusion and accommodation of students with disabilities in state assessments and guidelines for states' use of assessments (National Center on Educational Outcomes, 1994b, 1995a, 1995b, 1996).

Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI)

Grants from OERI have helped fund a number of state projects aimed at creating better assessments, providing appropriate accommodations, and modifying assessments for use with students with disabilities or English-language learners.

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