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

Universal Design and K-12 Academic Assessments: A Scoping Review of the Literature (NCEO Report #442) PDF

This report summarizes an investigation of literature published in 1985-2023 on universal design (UD) of large-scale assessments. This scoping review identifies how the concept of UD has been applied to the broad range of U.S. district and state large-scale academic assessments. We included literature on the application of UD to the broad range of K-12 district and state large-scale academic assessments in the U.S.

Teacher Perceptions and Perspectives on the Selection and Implementation of Accommodations (NCEO Brief #34) PDF

Many students with disabilities use accessibility features and accommodations during instruction and when taking assessments. It is important to consider teacher perceptions and experiences when making accessibility decisions. NCEO synthesized and summarized research conducted between 1999 and 2022 on the perceptions of teachers regarding accommodations.

NCEO Newsletter: February 2024 issue

NCEO’s February 2024 newsletter features several NCEO resources that address English learners with disabilities. Articles highlight NCEO’s publications and webpages that focus on English learners with disabilities. The newsletter also has an article on considerations for the inclusion of students with disabilities in large-scale assessment in the past, present, and future, and upcoming presentations that NCEO staff will present.