Reporting for General Assessments

Federal laws require states to guarantee that students with disabilities, English learners (ELs), and ELs with disabilities participate in state assessment systems. Most students participate in the general assessment. Laws also require separate public and federal reporting for students with disabilities and ELs in comparison to their peers. Federal laws do not explicitly require reporting of data on ELs with disabilities for the general assessment.

At this time, most states publish public reports on the general assessment participation and performance of the overall student population and of subgroups, such as ELs and students with disabilities. Reports are usually available on state department of education websites. They include, as required by federal law, the number of students who took the general assessment, along with student scores. They also include the number of students who took the general assessment with accommodations.

ELs with disabilities are included in these reports under the subgroups of ELs and students with disabilities, but only a few states report the participation and performance of ELs with disabilities as a separate subgroup.

States are required to report assessment data for students with disabilities and ELs separately to the federal government as a condition of receiving federal funds. They must report the progress they intend to make toward established achievement targets. State reports to the federal government also describe how states plan to improve student participation and performance in state assessments.

Detailed data on general assessment participation and performance are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by states online via a tool called EdFacts. 

 

 

Related Publications

NCEO Reports: 2014-15 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELs with Disabilities (#405)

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NCEO Data Analytics: State Assessment Participation and Performance of Students with IEPs 2013-2014 (#5)

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NCEO APR Snapshot Briefs: 2013-2014 APR Snapshot #10: State Assessment Participation and Performance of Students Receiving Special Education Services (#10)

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NCEO Reports: Principios y Características de Sistemas Inclusivos de Evaluación en un Escenario de Evaluación Cambiante (#400 Spanish)

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NCEO Reports: 2013-14 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities (#401)

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NCEO Reports: Principles and Characteristics of Inclusive Assessment Systems in a Changing Assessment Landscape (#400)

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NCEO State Surveys: 2014 Survey of States: Initiatives, Trends, and Accomplishments

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NCEO Data Analytics: 2012-13 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities (#2)

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NCEO Technical Reports: 2012-13 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities (#70)

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NCEO APR Snapshot Briefs: 2011-2012 APR Snapshot #7: State Assessment Participation and Performance of Students Receiving Special Education Services (#7)

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NCEO Technical Reports: 2011-12 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities (#69)

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NCEO Technical Reports: 2010-11 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities (#68)

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NCEO APR Snapshot Briefs: 2010-2011 APR Snapshot #5: Assessment Accommodations Use by Students Receiving Special Education Services (#5)

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NCEO APR Snapshot Briefs: 2010-2011 APR Snapshot #4: State Assessment Participation and Performance of Students Receiving Special Education Services (#4)

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NCEO APR Snapshot Briefs: 2008-2009 APR Snapshot #1: State Assessment Participation and Performance of Special Education Students (#1)

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NCEO APR Snapshot Briefs: 2008-2009 APR Snapshot #2: Assessment Accommodations Use by Special Education Students (#2)

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NCEO Brief: Performance of Special Education Students: Implications for Common State Assessments (#5)

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NCEO Technical Reports: 2008-09 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities (#59)

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NCEO Technical Reports: Public Reporting of 2007-2008 Assessment Information on Students with Disabilities: Progress on the Gap Front (#57)

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NCEO Synthesis Reports: Science Assessments for Students with Disabilities in School Year 2006-2007: What We Know about Participation, Performance, and Accommodations (#77)

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NCEO State Surveys: 2009 Survey of States - Accomplishments and New Issues at the End of a Decade of Change

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NCEO Technical Reports: States Challenged to Meet Special Education Targets for Assessment Indicator (#55)

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The Characteristics of Low Performing Students on Large-Scale Assessments (NCEO Brief)

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NCEO Technical Reports: Achieving Transparency in the Public Reporting of 2006-2007 Assessment Results (#53)

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NCEO Technical Reports: State Reports on the Participation and Performance of English Language Learners with Disabilities in 2006-2007 (#54)

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NCEO Technical Reports: Trends in the Participation and Performance of Students with Disabilities (#50)

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Trends in the Participation and Performance of Students with Disabilities (NCEO Brief)

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NCEO State Surveys: 2007 Survey of States - Activities, Changes, and Challenges for Special Education

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NCEO Annual Performance Reports and State Performance Plans: 2004-2005 State Assessment Data

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NCEO Technical Reports: Nearing the Target in Disaggregated Subgroup Reporting to the Public on 2004-2005 Assessment Results (#46)

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NCEO Synthesis Reports: Effect of Minimum Cell Sizes and Confidence Interval Sizes for Special Education Subgroups on School-Level AYP Determinations (#61)

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NCEO Technical Reports: Uneven Transparency: NCLB Tests Take Precedence in Public Assessment Reporting for Students with Disabilities (#43)

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NCEO English Language Learners (ELLs) with Disabilities Reports: Graduation Exam Participation (2000-2001) of English Language Learners with Disabilities (#3)

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NCEO English Language Learners (ELLs) with Disabilities Reports: Graduation Exam Participation and Performance (1999-2000) of English Language Learners with Disabilities (#2)

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NCEO Technical Reports: Steady Progress: State Public Reporting Practices for Students with Disabilities After the First Year of NCLB (2002-2003) (#40)

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NCEO English Language Learners (ELLs) with Disabilities Reports: Beyond Subgroup Reporting - English Language Learners with Disabilities in 2002-2003 Online State Assessment Reports (#10)

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NCEO Technical Reports: Almost There in Public Reporting of Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities (#39)

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NCEO English Language Learners (ELLs) with Disabilities Reports: 1999-2000 Participation and Performance of English Language Learners with Disabilities on Minnesota Standards-based Assessments (#1)

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NCEO English Language Learners (ELLs) with Disabilities Reports: 2000-2001 Participation and Performance of English Language Learners with Disabilities on Minnesota Standards-based Assessments (#4)

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NCEO State Surveys: 2003 State Special Education Outcomes - Marching On

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NCEO Technical Reports: Going public: What 2000-2001 Reports Tell Us about the Performance of Students with Disabilities (#35)

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NCEO Synthesis Reports: Varied Opinions on How to Report Accommodated Test Scores: Findings Based on CTB/McGraw-Hill's Framework for Classifying Accommodations (#49)

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NCEO Annual Performance Reports and State Performance Plans: Biennial Performance Reports: 2000-2001 State Assessment Data

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NCEO Limited English Proficiency Projects Reports: 1999-2000 Participation and Performance of English Language Learners Reported in Public State Documents and Web Sites (#3)

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NCEO Technical Reports: On the Road to Accountability: Reporting Outcomes for Students with Disabilities (#32)

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NCEO Limited English Proficiency Projects Reports: State and District Assessments as an Avenue to Equity and Excellence for English Language Learners with Disabilities (#2)

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NCEO State Surveys: 2001 State Special Education Outcomes - A Report on State Activities at the Beginning of a New Decade

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NCEO Minnesota Assessment Project Reports: Minnesota's Comprehensive Assessments: 1998 and 1999 Participation and Performance of Students with Disabilities (#32)

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NCEO Technical Reports: Interpreting Trends in the Performance of Special Education Students (#27)

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NCEO Technical Reports: Where's Waldo? A Third Search for Students with Disabilities in State Accountability Reports (#25)

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NCEO State Surveys: 1999 State Special Education Outcomes - A Report on State Activities at the End of the Century

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NCEO Synthesis Reports: Neglected Numerators, Drifting Denominators, and Fractured Fractions: Determining Participation Rates for Students with Disabilities in Statewide Assessment Programs (#23)

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