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  • Accommodations Toolkit: Braille: Research
    Formats: Online

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

    Published: 8/31/2021
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Tactile Graphics: States’ Accessibility Policies, 2020
    Formats: Online

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

    Published: 8/31/2021
  • Accommodations Toolkit: Tactile Graphics: Research
    Formats: Online

    This fact sheet on tactile graphics 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 tactile graphics as an accessibility feature or accommodation.  

    Published: 8/31/2021
  • Universal Design and Assessments
    Formats: PDF

    This presentation shares information about an updated state guide to universally designed assessments. The purpose of the guide is to provide states with strategies for designing tests from the very beginning. The objective is to create tests that present an accurate measure of the knowledge and skills of diverse student populations. It was presented on July 14, 2021 at the forum on Education for Each and Every Student: Perspectives on Universal Design in 2021.  This forum was jointly hosted by NCEO and the Council of Chief State School Officers' (CCSSO), Assessments, Standards, and Education for Students with Disabilities (ASES) collaborative.

    Published: 8/24/2021
  • NCEO Brief: Getting Ready for the 2021-22 School Year: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Testing Children with Disabilities (#26)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    As states, districts, and schools plan to return for the 2021-22 school year, questions are raised about whether and how to test children with disabilities, including children with the most significant cognitive disabilities and English learners with disabilities. This FAQ addresses some common questions and provides links to useful resources.

    Published: August 2021
  • Alternate Interim Assessments for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities
    Formats: Online

    This video offers preliminary guidance for the development of interim assessment options for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. There are federal requirements that all statewide and districtwide administrations of an assessment must have an alternate assessment. Given the importance interim assessments have now when there is an increased need for timely data on student learning and progress, the creation of high-quality alternate interim assessment options for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities requires urgent attention.  

    Published: July 2021
  • "Welcome to NCEO" Video
    Formats: Online

    This short video provides an overview of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). 

    Published: July 2021
  • Parent Video Series: Supporting the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home: Helping Your Child with Checking Progress at Home
    Formats: Online

    This video describes easy ways for parents to check on their child's progress in academics and behavior while learning at home.  It also suggests ways to talk to the school about a child's progress and to ask for suggestions on changing the learning supports provided at home.

    Published: July 2021
  • Parent Video Series: Supporting the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home: Helping Your Child with Writing at Home
    Formats: Online

    This video describes practical ways to support students with significant cognitive disabilities as they grow in their writing skills. It also describes the types of supports a parent can ask for from a teacher or instructional team.

    Published: July 2021
  • CCSSO Accessibility Manual: How To Select, Administer, And Evaluate Use Of Accessibility Supports For Instruction And Assessment Of All Students
    Formats: Word

    The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Accessibility Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accessibility Supports for Instruction and Assessment of All Students establishes guidelines for states to use for the selection, administration, and evaluation of accessibility supports for instruction and assessment of all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, English learners with disabilities, and students without an identified disability or English learner status. This resource serves state education agency (SEA) leaders in several ways, and it can be used as a customizable base for or extension of education-accessibility manuals.

    Published: May 2021
  • NCEO Brief: Alternate Interim Assessments for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (#23)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    This Brief offers preliminary guidance for the development of interim assessment options for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. There are federal requirements that all statewide and districtwide administrations of an assessment must have an alternate assessment. Given the importance interim assessments have now when there is an increased need for timely data on student learning and progress, the creation of high-quality alternate interim assessment options for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities requires urgent attention. 

    Published: May 2021
  • NCEO Newsletter: June 2021 issue
    Formats: Online

    In this issue, we highlight several new resources on using interim assessments to measure what students with disabilities know and can do. We also provide information on NCEO presentations at upcoming conferences, describe new reports, and new videos for parents of students with significant cognitive disabilities. Information is also provided about a project where NCEO is working as the accessibility lead.

    Published: 2021-05-30
  • NCEO Reports: Using Interim Assessments to Appropriately Measure What Students with Disabilities Know and Can Do: Advisory Panel Takeaways and NCEO Recommendations (#427)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    A report on a virtual meeting NCEO held on February 16 and 17, 2021 of an Interim Assessment Advisory Panel to tap into the panel members’ collective knowledge about using interim assessments to support valid interpretations of what students with disabilities know and can do. The panel represented psychometricians, researchers knowledgeable about students with disabilities, state education agency (SEA) assessment and special education leaders, local education agency (LEA) leaders, and parents. Interim assessments refer to assessments that are administered several times during a school year to measure student progress. The meeting purpose was to develop and disseminate guidance to state departments of education on how to enable all students with disabilities, including students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and English learners with disabilities, to participate in interim assessments in ways that yield valid inferences of what they know and can do.

    Published: May 2021
  • NCEO Brief: Interim Assessment Practices for Students with Disabilities (#22)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    This Brief contains a scan of the interim assessment landscape, and is focused on the availability of documentation supporting the appropriateness of these assessments for students with disabilities. The purpose of this Brief is to advise the development of guidance that facilitates improved practices related to the use of interim assessments for students with disabilities.

    Published: April 2021
  • Parental Expectations on the Post-school Outcomes for English Learners with Disabilities
    Formats: PDF

    This presentation, focusing on parents’ expectations about post-school outcomes for English learners with disabilities, was presented at the 2021 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) annual conference.

    Published: 2021-04-28
  • The Growing Population of ELs with Disabilities in the United States
    Formats: PDF

    This presentation, about the growing population of English learners with disabilities in the United States, was presented at the 2021 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) annual conference.

    Published: 2021-04-27
  • IEP/Transition Planning Participation and Future Goal Aspirations of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Formats: PDF
    Published: 2021-04-09
  • Parent Video Series: Supporting the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home: Helping Your Child with the Foundations of Math While at Home
    Formats: Online

    This video describes ways parents of students with disabilities can help their child with the foundations of math while at home. The video discusses why it is important to focus on foundations of math at home, how to do this, and what support parents can ask for from the school. The video gives tips on making modifications for different disabilities, and provides sources for more information.

    Published: March 2021
  • Parent Video Series: Supporting the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home: Helping Your Child with Math While at Home
    Formats: Online

    This video describes ways parents of students with significant cognitive disabilities can help expand their child’s math skills at home. The video discusses why it is important to focus on math at home, how to do this, and what support parents can ask for from the school. The video gives tips on making modifications for different disabilities, and provides sources for more information.

    Published: March 2021
  • Parent Video Series: Supporting the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home: Helping Your Child with the Foundations of Reading at Home
    Formats: Online

    This video describes ways parents of students with disabilities can help their child with the foundations of reading while at home. The video discusses why it is important to focus on foundations of reading at home, how to do this, and what support parents can ask for from the school. The video gives tips on making modifications for different disabilities, and provides sources for more information.

    Published: March 2021