National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) focuses on the inclusion of students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities in instruction and assessments. The scope of NCEO’s work includes issues related to accessibility of assessments across the comprehensive assessment system including formative assessment practices, classroom-based assessments, diagnostic assessments, interim assessments, and summative assessments.

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Latest News and Publications

NCEO Newsletter: June 2024 issue

NCEO Newsletter: June 2024 issue

NCEO’s June 2024 newsletter features several NCEO resources that address accommodations. Articles highlight several resources including publications, NCEO’s updated Accommodations Toolkit, and videos. The issue also includes all the sessions in which NCEO is participating during the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) and an article on the forum on Unlocking Potential: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Inclusive Learning that follows NCSA.

Avoiding Unintended Consequences of Improved Accessibility of State Tests (NCEO Brief #35) PDF

There has been a paradigm shift from accommodations to the identification of levels of accessibility (e.g., universal features, designated features, and accommodations). A consequence of this shift is that many students with disabilities who previously were assigned accommodations now access many of them as universal or designated features. This Brief highlights what states and IEP teams can do to avoid possible unintended consequences of the paradigm shift.

Webinar: What Do Students Prefer? Considering Students’ Perceptions and Preferences when Selecting Accommodations

This webinar presents research on students’ preferences for accommodations as well as suggestions for how to incorporate these preferences and perceptions into accommodations decision-making (see NCEO Brief #30 PDF). The primary audience for this webinar is State Education Agency (SEA) special education and assessment staff, especially those who are involved in monitoring accommodations.