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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the MTTC Learning Disabilities (063): Practice & Study Guide course
- Learning Disabilities & Other Types of Disabilities
- Learning Disabilities Across the Lifespan
- Factors Affecting Development & Learning
- Language Disorders
- Perceptual, Memory & Reasoning Disorders
- Behavioral, Social & Emotional Disorders
- Assessment Instruments & Methods in Special Education
- Assessment Interpretation & Communication in Special Education
- IEPs, IFSPs & Transition Plans
- Setting & Monitoring Student Goals
- Learning Environments in Special Education
- Fundamentals of Classroom Management
- Individualizing Instruction for Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Language Development
- Promoting Emergent Literacy
- Promoting Reading Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Written Expression for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Math Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Social Competence in Special Education
- Promoting Functional Living Skills in Special Education
- Developing & Implementing Behavioral Interventions
- Roles & Responsibilities of the Special Education Professional
- Communication & Collaboration in Special Education
- Historical, Social & Legal Issues in Special Education
- Professional Development in Special Education
- MTTC Learning Disabilities Flashcards