Ch 8: Assessment Procedures in Special Education

About This Chapter

Gain a deeper understanding of assessment tools and methods used in special education by studying the lessons contained in this chapter. This is a useful resource if you are looking to expand your knowledge for professional reasons or even preparing for a teacher licensing or certification exam.

Assessment Procedures in Special Education - Chapter Summary

From biases in assessments to referrals, this chapter focuses on various aspects of assessment practices in the area of special education. You will develop a better understanding of how and why assessments are used, how they can be misused, what accommodations are made in special education assessments and what assistive technology tools are used.

In addition, this chapter discusses types of learning disabilities and how to recognize them. After you have completed this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain screening, preferral and referral assessments in special education
  • Identify students with learning disabilities
  • Use assessment and testing methods for ELL and ESL students
  • Understand how cultural and language differences among students can lead to testing and assessment biases
  • Make accommodations in standardized assessment for students with learning disabilities
  • List the uses and misuses of standardized assessments
  • Name assistive technology tools used in the assessment of special needs students

Lessons take only minutes to review and can be accessed at all times, from any device, making it simple to create a flexible study schedule. Text lessons and video lesson transcripts are printable so you can produce quick reference materials, if needed. Short self-assessment quizzes help you measure what you have learned and recognize what topics you might need to further review.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Assessment Procedures in Special Education
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Learning Disabilities: How to Identify Children with a Learning Disability

1. Learning Disabilities: How to Identify Children with a Learning Disability

Identifying children with a learning disability can be tricky because it can be confused with a lack of interest in a school subject. In this lesson, we will look at how learning disabilities can be identified and the three most common learning disabilities: dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyslexia.

Assessing ELL Students for Special Education

2. Assessing ELL Students for Special Education

Teachers of English Language Learners face unique challenges in identifying students who require special education services. This lesson describes a process for fair and accurate identification of English Language Learners with special needs.

Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

3. Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

Assessments are used to gain useful information about test-takers' knowledge, skills and progress. Sometimes, however, the results of these assessments are incorrect due to biases. This lesson will differentiate and discuss types of testing bias and differences among test-takers that may lead to testing bias.

Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

4. Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Looking for ways to assist students with disabilities during assessments? This lesson discusses concepts of assessment accommodations for students with disabilities and provides tangible ideas for implementation.

Testing Accommodations for ESL Students

5. Testing Accommodations for ESL Students

In this lesson, teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) students will learn about providing accommodations for their students during testing. An overview of common accommodations will be included.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

6. Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

Assessments are excellent tools in the classroom. Used properly, they provide invaluable information about student knowledge and progress. However, if misused, assessments can misrepresent the actual knowledge and learning taking place in the classroom. This lesson will discuss the use and misuse of standardized assessments.

Assistive Technology Assessment: Tools & Examples

7. Assistive Technology Assessment: Tools & Examples

Conducting an effective assessment can help to choose the best assistive technology tools to meet a student's needs at school, home, or other setting. Learn about the process and examples of assistive technology assessments here.

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