Ch 9: Assessment in Special Education

About This Chapter

It is not always beneficial to assess special needs students using the same methods employed for other students. Use this chapter to help you understand assessment approaches that have proven effective for evaluating the performance and progress of special education students.

Assessment in Special Education- Chapter Summary

As inclusive education has become a popular method in public schools across the U.S., it is important for teachers to understand ways in which to assess special needs students. This chapter outlines various assessment and observation methods that can be used to evaluate special needs students in the classroom. By using this chapter, you will learn the following:

  • Why assessing students is important
  • How assessment data is used for effective teaching
  • What curriculum-based assessment is and how to design and use this type of assessment
  • Types of formal and informal assessments used for special needs students
  • Informal observation strategies

These lessons have been designed for teachers by teachers with experience in working with special needs students. Each lesson is supported by term definitions and examples. At the end of each lesson, you can take self-assessment quizzes to measure the depth of your knowledge and whether you will need to further review any material.

How It Helps

  • Defines types of assessments: Ensures you are aware of all assessment options by fully describing various methods and approaches.
  • Provides helpful examples: Increases your ability to understand assessment strategies and methods by using illustrated examples.
  • Supports student success: Helps you to recognize where students need more attention and to apply effective teaching strategies to overcome any difficulties students might be having.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of student assessments
  • Develop curriculum-based assessments
  • Utilize formal and informal assessment and observation strategies for special needs students

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: Assessment in Special Education
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The Importance of Assessment in Education

1. The Importance of Assessment in Education

Assessment is a critical piece of the learning process. This lesson gives an overview of assessment, why it benefits both teachers and students, and the three most common forms of assessment.

Benefits of Using Assessment Data to Drive Instruction

2. Benefits of Using Assessment Data to Drive Instruction

Assessments are powerful tools that can give you precise data about student learning. Using that data to drive instruction is incredibly important for effective teaching. This lesson will detail some benefits of using data to drive instruction.

What is Standardized Testing? - Definition & Types

3. What is Standardized Testing? - Definition & Types

This lesson highlights the concept of standardized testing. We will also discuss the various types of standardized tests as well as learn some limitations that come with this kind of testing.

Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definition & Examples

4. Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definition & Examples

Curriculum-based assessment, also called curriculum-based measurement (CBM), is a powerful tool for testing and measuring student progress. This lesson introduces you to CBM and provides examples of the assessments you can use.

Designing & Using Assessments Based on Curriculum

5. Designing & Using Assessments Based on Curriculum

Assessments based on curriculum tend to deliver consistent, effective results for a given curriculum design. In this lesson we will discuss the design of curriculum-based assessments and how to use them.

Informal Assessments in the Classroom: Examples & Types

6. Informal Assessments in the Classroom: Examples & Types

In this lesson, we will discuss informal assessments used in the classroom. We will cover what informal assessments are and look at some types and examples, and then you will be asked to take a short quiz to assess your comprehension.

Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment

7. Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment

Informal observational assessments require watching, listening, and documenting student performance-based tasks. Strategies for this type of assessment range from intentional activities to incidental chance observations.

Formal & Informal Assessments for Learning Disabilities

8. Formal & Informal Assessments for Learning Disabilities

Teachers should use both formal and informal assessments to determine interventions for learning disabilities. This lesson will discuss both informal and formal methods of determining academic skill development and identifying students with special needs.

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