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  • NCEO Newsletter: June 2024 issue
    Formats: Online

    NCEO’s June 2024 newsletter features several NCEO resources that address accommodations. Articles highlight several resources on student and teacher perspectives about accommodations, what the terms “accommodations” and “modifications” mean for both instruction and assessment for students with disabilities, and information about NCEO’s updated Accommodations Toolkit. This issue also includes information about a video series NCEO published several years ago that shares the story of how accommodation decisions were made and implemented for a student. The issue finishes with 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.

    Published: June 2024
  • NCEO Brief: Avoiding Unintended Consequences of Improved Accessibility of State Tests (#35)
    Formats: 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.

    Published: May 2024
  • Webinar: What Do Students Prefer? Considering Students’ Perceptions and Preferences when Selecting Accommodations
    Formats: Free Video

    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.

    Published: 4/24/2024
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Word Prediction: States’ Accessibility Policies, 2023
    Formats: Online

    This summary of states accessibility policies for word prediction is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).

    Published: 4/22/2024
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Math Charts/Tables: States’ Accessibility Policies, 2023
    Formats: Online

    This summary of states accessibility policies for math charts/tables is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).

    Published: 4/22/2024
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Manipulatives: States’ Accessibility Policies, 2023
    Formats: Online

    This summary of states accessibility policies for manipulatives is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).

    Published: 4/22/2024
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Large Print: States’ Accessibility Policies, 2023
    Formats: Online

    This summary of states accessibility policies for large print is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).

    Published: 4/22/2024
  • MIDAS Project Reports: Using Multiple Measures of Academic Achievement to Inform Instruction for Students with Disabilities Who Moved from the Alternate Assessment to the General State Assessment (#101)
    Formats: PDF

    This report presents an overview of two types of assessments that can inform instructional decision making for students with disabilities who moved from the alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards (AA-AAAS) to the general assessment: (1) interim assessments and (2) formative assessment practices. The report concludes with several takeaways that can support improved practice.

    Published: April 2024
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Magnification: States’ Accessibility Policies, 2023
    Formats: Online

    This summary of states’ accessibility policies for magnification is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).

    Published: 3/5/2024
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Familiar Proctor/Test Administrator: States’ Accessibility Policies, 2023
    Formats: Online

    This summary of states’ accessibility policies for familiar proctor/test administrator is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).

    Published: 3/5/2024
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Extended Time: States' Accessibility Policies, 2023
    Formats: Online

    This summary of states’ accessibility policies for extended time is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).

    Published: 3/5/2024
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Braille: States’ Accessibility Policies, 2023
    Formats: Online

    This summary of states’ accessibility policies for braille is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).

    Published: 2/29/2024
  • NCEO Reports: Universal Design and K-12 Academic Assessments: A Scoping Review of the Literature (#442)
    Formats: PDF

    This report summarizes an investigation of literature published in 1985-2023 on universal design (UD) of large-scale assessments. State education agencies, K-12 assessment vendors, teacher trainers, and classroom teachers are increasingly applying the principles of UD to the instruction and assessment of students from special populations. In theory, UD ensures that instruction and assessment are created from the beginning to be accessible to the widest population of students possible. Yet, it is unclear how these UD frameworks and their associated principles and elements are being applied, or even which UD framework is used. This obscurity and lack of defined UD principles in the research literature creates obstacles in research replication and in identification of evidence-based practices. 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.

    Published: February 2024
  • NCEO Brief: Teacher Perceptions and Perspectives on the Selection and Implementation of Accommodations (#34)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    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. The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) synthesized and summarized research conducted between 1999 and 2022 on the perceptions of teachers regarding accommodations. Based on this research on teachers’ perceptions of accommodations, NCEO suggests several strategies that could improve practice.

    Published: February 2024
  • NCEO Newsletter: February 2024 issue
    Formats: Online

    NCEO’s February 2024 newsletter features several NCEO resources that address English learners with disabilities. The number of school-age English learners with disabilities is increasing, and greater attention is being given to their inclusion in state and district assessments. 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.

    Published: February 2024
  • NCEO Brief: The Basics of Accommodations and Modifications (#33)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    The purpose of this Brief is to clarify what accommodations and modifications are for both instruction and assessment for students with disabilities. We also disentangle the use of the term “alternate or modified curriculum” from the meaning of modification used for instruction and assessment.

    Published: January 2024
  • NCEO State Surveys: 2023 Survey of States: Trends, Accomplishments, and Challenges
    Formats: PDF, Online

    This report highlights the findings of the sixteenth survey of states conducted by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). It has been administered for more than three decades to collect information from states about the participation and performance of students with disabilities in the assessments that comprise the comprehensive assessment system. Topics addressed included: accessibility and accommodations, alternate assessments based on alternate academic achievement standards (AA-AAAS), interim assessments, accountability, English learners with disabilities, technology, graduation requirements, State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIPs) / State-identified Measurable Results (SiMRs), family engagement, and technical assistance needs.

    Published: February 2024
  • NCEO Reports: Revisiting the Meaning of “Reduced Depth, Breadth, and Complexity” for AA-AAAS (#441)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    Alternate assessments aligned to alternate academic achievement standards (AA-AAAS) are designed and implemented for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Historically, these assessments have been described as reflecting reduced depth, breadth, and complexity. Yet, the meaning of these terms is often not defined. The purpose of this report is to provide: (a) an overview of relevant history and legislation that address depth, breadth, and complexity of AA-AAAS; and (2) questions for states to consider as they revise or develop new AA-AAAS. This information also can be useful for states submitting evidence for an existing AA-AAAS to the U.S. Department of Education peer review process.

    Published: January 2024
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Color Contrast: States’ Accessibility Policies, 2023
    Formats: Online

    This summary of states’ accessibility policies for color contrast is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).

    Published: 1/18/2024
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Clarify/Simplify/Repeat Directions: States' Accessibility Policies, 2023
    Formats: Online

    This summary of states’ accessibility policies for clarify/simplify/repeat directions is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).

    Published: 1/18/2024