Since its establishment, NCEO has been:

  • Providing leadership on the inclusion of students with disabilities, English learners (ELs), and ELs with disabilities in comprehensive assessment systems. This includes formative assessment processes, classroom-based tests, interim and benchmark assessments, and state and national assessments.
  • Working with states and federal agencies to identify important outcomes of education for students with disabilities, ELs, and ELs with disabilities.
  • Examining the participation of students in national and state assessments, including the use of accessibility features and accommodations and alternate assessments.
  • Evaluating national and state practices in reporting assessment information on students with disabilities, ELs, and ELs with disabilities
  • Bridging general education, special education, English as a Second Language or bilingual education, and other systems as they work to increase accountability for results of education for all students.
  • Conducting directed research in the area of assessment and accountability.

NCEO focuses its efforts in the following areas:

  • Knowledge Development on the participation and performance of students with disabilities, English learners (ELs), and ELs with disabilities in state and national assessments and other educational reform efforts.
  • Technical Assistance and Dissemination through publications, presentations, technical assistance, and other networking activities.
  • Leadership, Coordination, and Project Management to build on the expertise of others and to develop leaders who can conduct needed research and provide additional technical assistance.

NCEO Resources

NCEO offers the following kinds of materials and services for state personnel, educators, parents, and others concerned with assessments and the educational outcomes of all students:

  • An extensive publications list that includes reports and briefs, state activity updates, policy documents, self-study guides, and other tools.
  • Criteria for evaluating existing policies on large-scale assessments.
  • Recommendations for developing assessment policies and guidelines for participation, accessibility, reporting, and accountability that include all students.
  • Current information on assessment projects and other efforts to collect data on the educational outcomes of all students.
  • A national network of people who can assist states and other agencies as they consider assessment and accountability issues.

In Collaboration With

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

NCEO Director
Martha Thurlow, Ph.D.

For Further Information:
National Center on Educational Outcomes
University of Minnesota
207 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Dr. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Fax: 612/624-0879

NCEO is an affiliated center of the Institute on Community Integration,  located within the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.