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  • NCEO Reports: An Updated State Guide to Universally Designed Assessments (#431)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    This Guide is an update to the State Guide to Universally Designed Assessments that was originally published by NCEO in 2006. It provides a brief overview of what a universally designed assessment is, followed by a set of steps for states to consider when designing and developing, or revising, their summative assessments. The focus of this Guide is states’ summative assessments—general content assessments of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and other content areas; alternate assessments based on alternate academic achievement standards (AA-AAAS); English language proficiency (ELP) assessments; and alternate-ELP assessments.

    Published: February 2022
  • NCEO Newsletter: February 2022 issue
    Formats: Online

    This issue highlights (1) information about a participation communication toolkit that NCEO recently released with customizable resources, sample social media posts, and other resources that can be used when communicating about why it is important for students to participate in state tests; (2) a new series for school leaders on including students with disabilities in assessments; (3) two new resources on the assessment of English learners with disabilities; (4) a new publication about including deaf students in assessments; (5) an article that several NCEO staff wrote for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) on ensuring students with disabilities leave school ready to succeed; and (6) information on sessions on upcoming conferences that include NCEO staff.

    Published: February 2022
  • Forum on Education for Each and Every Student: Perspectives on Universal Design in 2021
    Formats: PDF, Online

    This report contains the proceedings of a virtual forum held on July 14, 2021 to discuss perspectives on universal design. The forum brought together state education agency (SEA) staff, universal design and equity experts, and other educational stakeholders to explore the role of universal design in creating equitable classrooms and assessments. It was jointly held by the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) Assessment, Standards, and Education for Students with Disabilities (ASES) Collaborative and the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). 

    Published: December 2021
  • NCEO Brief: Related Services Providers: Important Contributors to the Accommodations Decision-Making Process (#27)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    Related service providers include speech-language pathologists, audiologists, psychologists, and physical and occupational therapists who provide specialized support to students with disabilities. This Brief suggests strategies for supporting related services providers so that they can participate more confidently as members of Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams when decisions are made about instructional and assessment accommodations.

    Published: December 2021
  • NCEO Reports: Speech-Language Pathologists’ Experiences with Accessibility and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (#430)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    This report presents the findings of a study aimed to address the gap between policy and practice for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who serve students identified with a speech-language impairment, including other co-existing disabilities. The following research questions were addressed: (1) What factors influence how SLPs make accessibility and accommodations decisions for students with disabilities, including English learners with disabilities? (2) How do SLPs participate in the IEP team classroom and assessment accessibility and accommodations decision-making process for students with disabilities, including English learners with disabilities? And (3) Do SLPs have professional development needs about accessibility and accommodations?

    Published: December 2021
  • NCEO Reports: Test Security and Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of States’ 2020-21 Test Security Policies (#434)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    This report provides a snapshot of how accommodated tests for students with disabilities, accessibility, alternate assessments, and other related issues were addressed in states’ test security policies for 2020-21. Strong test security policies and procedures are needed to help ensure the integrity and validity of state assessments, yet some test security measures may affect accessibility. There is a need for thoughtful consideration of ways in which possible test security measures may affect accessibility, and how to balance test security and accessibility. This report is an update of an analysis NCEO of 2013-14 test security policies.

    Published: December 2021
  • Proceedings of the NCEO Interim Assessment Convening: Measuring What Students with Disabilities Know and Can Do Using Interim Assessments
    Formats: PDF, Online

    This report contains the proceeding of the Interim Assessment Convening on Measuring What Students with Disabilities Know and Can Do Using Interim Assessments that was hosted by NCEO, and held on July 26 and 27, 2021. The purpose of the Convening was to share information about how to enable the participation of all students with disabilities, including students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and English learners with disabilities, in interim assessments in ways that support obtaining valid results of what they know and can do. The Convening also provided an opportunity for State education agency (SEA) teams to develop goals and action items, based on the opportunities and challenges identified, that would result in more valid measurement of what students with disabilities know and can do at both the SEA and local education agency (LEA) levels. This Proceedings document was developed to provide a summary of the Convening. It includes appendices and links to resources that were shared by states and others at the Convening.

    Published: December 2021
  • NCEO Reports: 2018-19 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and English Learners with Disabilities (#428)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    This is the 22nd report by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) that describes how states publicly report assessment data for students with disabilities in K-12 schools in the United States. The purpose of this report is to examine the extent to which states reported 2018–19 assessment data for students with disabilities “to the public with the same frequency and in the same detail as it reports on the assessment of nondisabled children,” as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It also describes how states report assessment participation and performance data to the public online. It summarizes these data for grades 4 and 8, and high school, with additional analyses that focus on average performance gaps across years. The report also summarizes the extent to which states report participation and performance for English learners (ELs) with disabilities and examines public reporting of accommodations.

    Published: December 2021
  • NCEO Brief: Steps to Equitably Include Deaf Students in Assessments (#25)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    Standardized tests have many uses in education. For example, they are used to document student achievement, measure progress, and determine readiness for postsecondary education or employment. However, deaf students often do not have equitable access to standardized tests. This Brief is jointly written by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) and the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Education (NDC). It provides three key steps to support deaf students in standardized testing.

    Published: December 2021
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Preferential Seating: States' Accessibility Policies, 2021
    Formats: Online

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

    Published: 12/14/2021
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Preferential Seating: Research
    Formats: Online

    This fact sheet on preferential seating is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). It summarizes information and research findings on the use of preferential seating as an accessibility feature or accommodation. 

    Published: 12/14/2021
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Clarify/Simplify/Repeat Directions: States' Accessibility Policies, 2021
    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: 12/14/2021
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Clarify/Simplify/Repeat Directions: Research
    Formats: Online

    This fact sheet on clarify/simplify/repeat directions is part of the Accommodations Toolkit published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). It summarizes information and research findings on the use of clarify/simplify/repeat directions as an accessibility feature or accommodation.  

    Published: 12/14/2021
  • NCEO Participation Communication Toolkit: Participation Communication Toolkit
    Formats: Word

    This communications toolkit was developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) to identify and describe reasons why all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities should take state tests. The purpose of the tool is to provide a concise resource that state education agency staff, and district and school administrators can use when communicating with educators, policymakers, families, and students about why it is so important that students participate in state assessments. It also contains materials that Individualized Educational Program (IEP) teams can use when making state test participation decisions for students with disabilities. This toolkit is intended to provide a neutral but useful mechanism to guide positive, thoughtful conversations about student testing participation.

    Published: 2021-11-10
  • NCEO Participation Communication Toolkit: Participation Communication Toolkit Slide Deck Template
    Formats: PPT

    This customizable slide presentation is designed to support the needs of state education agency staff, and district and school administrators for brief but substantive information district and school administrators can use when communicating with educators, policymakers, families, and other stakeholders about why it is so important that students participate in state assessments. In addition to serving as an information resource for administrators, it may be used for in-person or webinar trainings for educators, and as a handout for educators and parents. The slides may be customized. The slide deck is part of the Participation Communication Toolkit developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) to identify and describe reasons why all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities should take state tests.

    Published: 11/9/2021
  • NCEO Participation Communication Toolkit: Participation Communication Toolkit IEP Team Discussion Guide
    Formats: Word

    This discussion guide for IEP teams is designed to provide information about the different test options for students with disabilities, and the implications of those decisions. This resource also explains why it is so important that students with disabilities participate in state testing. The tool may be customized by a state, district, or school. The discussion guide is part of the Participation Communication Toolkit developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) to identify and describe reasons why all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities should take state tests.

    Published: 11/9/2021
  • NCEO Participation Communication Toolkit: Participation Communication Toolkit Student Flyer
    Formats: Word

    The purpose of this flyer is to provide concise resources about why it is so important that all students participate in state testing. Written for students, it also provides strategies to reduce student test anxiety. The flyer is part of the Participation Communication Toolkit developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) to identify and describe reasons why all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities should take state tests.

    Published: 11/9/2021
  • NCEO Participation Communication Toolkit: Participation Communication Toolkit Family Flyer
    Formats: Word

    The purpose of this flyer is to provide concise resources about why it is so important that all students participate in state testing. Written for families, it also provides strategies to reduce student test anxiety. The flyer can be displayed during state testing windows, shared during parent-teacher meetings, and distributed during school events. The flyer is part of the Participation Communication Toolkit developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) to identify and describe reasons why all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities should take state tests.

    Published: 11/9/2021
  • NCEO Participation Communication Toolkit: Participation Communication Toolkit Policymaker Flyer
    Formats: Word

    The purpose of this flyer is to provide concise resources about why it is so important that all students participate in state testing. Written for policymakers, it also provides strategies to support students and their families in the policymaker’s state. The flyer is part of the Participation Communication Toolkit developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) to identify and describe reasons why all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities should take state tests.

    Published: 11/9/2021
  • NCEO Participation Communication Toolkit: Participation Communication Toolkit Educator Flyer
    Formats: Word

    The purpose of this flyer is to provide concise resources about why it is so important that all students participate in state testing. Written for teachers, it also provides strategies to reduce student test anxiety. The flyer can be displayed during state testing windows, shared during parent-teacher meetings, and distributed during school events. The flyer is part of the Participation Communication Toolkit developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) to identify and describe reasons why all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities should take state tests.

    Published: 11/9/2021