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  • Self-Study Guide for the Development of Statewide Assessments that Include Students with Disabilities
    Formats: Online

    This year 1996 self-study guide is designed to help state education agency (SEA) staff evaluate and revise their assessment policies and procedures in a way that promotes the participation of all students in some form of their state assessment programs. More specifically, it is intended for staff responsible for the state assessment system and staff responsible for the education of students with disabilities. It also could be used by test development contractors and stakeholders who are serving on state task forces to develop state assessment systems. And, this guide should be helpful to local education agency staff who wish to revise their own assessments to include all students.

    Published: 1996
  • NCEO State Surveys: 1995 State Special Education Outcomes: Longitudinal Trends in How States are Assessing Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
    Formats: PDF

    This report presents the results of the fifth annual survey of state activities in the assessment of educational outcomes for students with disabilities. NCEO sent the survey to directors of special education of all the 50 regular states and the 10 unique states that provide special education under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Respondents were asked to respond to items about the current status or activities of their states in these areas: federally-reported data, assessments of outcomes, participation of students with disabilities in state assessments, and state technical assistance needs. In several of these areas, it was possible to examine longitudinal trends by comparing responses from the first survey to current responses.

    Published: April 1996
  • NCEO Synthesis Reports: A Disability Perspective on Five Years of Education Reform (#22)
    Formats: Online

    This report provides a summary of policy trends of the five years preceding 1995, viewed through a lens focusing on the implications of policy shifts for the educational outcomes of students with disabilities.

    Published: December 1995
  • NCEO Technical Reports: Matching Information in National Data Collection Programs to a Model of Post-School Outcomes and Indicators (#17)
    Formats: PDF

    This year 1995 report describes the extent of correspondence between information available on indicators for post-school outcomes in national data collection programs and the post-school outcomes in a model developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes and partnering stakeholders. Findings include: 1) a summary of post-school outcomes for all students represented in ten national data collection programs, 2) the observation that these outcomes are less available for students with disabilities than indicators at the school completion level, and 3) the conclusion that there is a significant exclusion or lack of identification of students with disabilities in national data programs. Recommendations are provided to revise national data collection programs in order to produce useful policy-relevant information regarding post-school completion outcomes for students with disabilities.

    Published: October 1995
  • NCEO Technical Reports: Matching State Goals to a Model of Outcomes and Indicators for Grade 8 (#16)
    Formats: PDF

    This year 1995 report describes the extent of correspondence between state articulated student outcomes and indicators at grade 8 and the grade 8 outcomes in a model developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes and partnering stakeholders. Figures showing the outcomes at grade 8 and information on the matching activity are presented. The model was developed in order to aid state and local level practitioners involved in the articulation of educational goals, performance standards, assessments, and curriculum frameworks at different age and grade levels.

    Published: October 1995
  • NCEO Technical Reports: Matching State Goals to a Model of Outcomes and Indicators for Grade 4 (#15)
    Formats: PDF

    This year 1995 report describes the extent of correspondence between state articulated student outcomes and indicators at grade 4 and the grade 4 outcomes in a model developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes and partnering stakeholders. Figures showing the outcomes at grade 4 and information on the matching activity are presented. The model was developed in order to aid state and local level practitioners involved in the articulation of educational goals, performance standards, assessments, and curriculum frameworks at different age and grade levels.

    Published: September 1995
  • NCEO Technical Reports: Matching State Goals to a Model of Outcomes and Indicators for Age 6 (#14)
    Formats: PDF

    This year 1995 report describes the extent of correspondence between state articulated student outcomes and indicators at age 6 and the age 6 outcomes in a model developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes and partnering stakeholders. Figures showing the outcomes at age 6 and information on the matching activity are presented. The model was developed in order to aid state and local level practitioners involved in the articulation of educational goals, performance standards, assessments, and curriculum frameworks at different age and grade levels.

    Published: August 1995
  • NCEO Technical Reports: Matching State Goals to a Model of Outcomes and Indicators for Age 3 (#13)
    Formats: PDF

    This year 1995 report describes the extent of correspondence between state articulated student outcomes and indicators at age 3 and the age 3 outcomes in a model developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes and partnering stakeholders. Figures showing the outcomes at age 3 and information on the matching activity are presented. The model was developed in order to aid state and local level practitioners involved in the articulation of educational goals, performance standards, assessments, and curriculum frameworks at different age and grade levels.

    Published: August 1995
  • NCEO Technical Reports: Matching State Goals to a Model of Outcomes and Indicators for the Post-School Level (#12)
    Formats: PDF

    This year 1995 report describes the extent to which there was a correspondence between state-articulated student outcomes and the outcomes specified in a model developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). The NCEO model of outcomes and indicators, developed using a multi-attribute consensus-building tool with hundreds of stakeholders, is presented. It articulates eight major outcome domains with indicators at keys stages of a student's development: age 3, age 6, grade 4, grade 8, school-completion, and post-school. Information in the model was developed for use by state and local level practitioners involved in the articulation of educational goals, performance standards, assessments, and curriculum frameworks at different age and grade levels.

    Published: August 1995
  • NCEO Synthesis Reports: Why We Can't Say Much About the Status of Students with Disabilities During Education Reform (#21)
    Formats: Online

    This 1995 report synthesizes the results of National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) activities that focused on determining whether secondary data analysis of state and/or national data collection programs could produce policy-relevant reports on the status of children and youth with disabilities. Recommendations are offered for improving the collection and reporting of information in state and national data collection programs.

    Published: August 1995
  • NCEO Technical Reports: Disability Summary Analyses of Select National Data Collection Programs (#11)
    Formats: PDF

    This year 1995 report presents a disability summary analysis of select national data collection programs. Summary analyses were conducted to document the amount and nature of information on individuals with disabilities in our national data collection programs. The rationale for the specific data collection programs, the review procedures and the future use of the information by NCEO are found in a separate document Outcomes for Children and Youth with Disabilities: Secondary Analysis of National data Collection Programs.

    Published: August 1995
  • NCEO Synthesis Reports: High School Graduation Requirements: What's Happening for Students with Disabilities? (#20)
    Formats: Online

    This 1995 report examines documentation from state departments of education on high school graduation requirements for students in general, and for student with disabilities.

    Published: May 1995
  • NCEO Synthesis Reports: A Perspective on Education and Assessment in Other Nations: Where Are Students with Disabilities? (#19)
    Formats: Online

    Findings about the exclusion of students with disabilities in U. S. assessments necessarily lead to questions about the status of students with disabilities in international comparison assessments and in the assessments used in other nations. Are students with disabilities included in these assessments? Are appropriate accommodations used during the assessments? When are "exclusion rates" reported? Do all countries start from the same base of "all" students? The purpose of this 1995 report is to address these kinds of questions. We do this by examining students with disabilities in international comparison studies and in assessments in each of 14 nations, including the U. S., that are among those included in previous or current international comparative studies.

    Published: April 1995
  • NCEO Synthesis Reports: A Compilation of States' Guidelines for Accommodations in Assessments for Students with Disabilities (#18)
    Formats: PDF

    This report provides a listing of states' written guidelines on accommodations, modifications, and adaptations of assessments for students with disabilities (1993).

    Published: March 1995
  • NCEO State Surveys: State Special Education Outcomes 1994: A Report on How States are Assessing Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
    Formats: PDF

    A report on NCEO's survey of states conducted in 1993 to address the needs of state directors, policymakers and others for information about current state activities in multiple outcomes areas: Knowledge, skills, status, and attitudes of students with disabilities. It also addresses issues related to change over time in accountability and assessment activities. The specific questions this survey focused on were: (1) What effect the activities outlined in Goals 2000: The Educate America Act have on state special education service delivery systems, (2) What efforts states are making to develop learner goals and related assessments, (3) How broadly the NCEO model of educational outcomes and indicators has been disseminated and used within state and local educational agencies, and (4) The extent to which students with disabilities are participating in statewide achievement assessments now being used by states.

    Published: March 1995
  • NCEO Synthesis Reports: A Compilation of States' Guidelines for Including Students with Disabilities in Assessments (#17)
    Formats: PDF

    This report provides a listing of states' written guidelines on the participation of students with disabilities in assessments (1993).

    Published: February 1995
  • NCEO Policy Directions: Opportunity to Learn Standards (#4)
    Formats: Online

    This year 1995 report defines opportunity-to-learn standards, addresses the rationale behind them, and makes recommendations for how to reasonably include students with disabilities when considering these standards.

    Published: January 1995
  • NCEO Synthesis Reports: Synthesis Report Update 1994: Reports on the Status of Education, Desired Outcomes, and Reform Initiatives (#16)
    Formats: PDF

    This report examines national activities by highlighting 40 reports that reflect the array of reform initiatives underway in 1995. To position some of these reports within the larger restructuring effort, we first summarize the paradigm shifts that the documents reflect.

    Published: January 1995
  • NCEO Policy Directions: Educational Accountability for Students with Disabilities (#3)
    Formats: Online

    This year 1994 report outlines steps that educators can take towards a new and inclusive accountability system with consistent procedures for all students, including students with disabilities. These steps include considering alternative approaches to accountability, ensuring educators have data needed to demonstrate that education is working for students with disabilities, and ways to overcome potential barriers to obtaining these data. The report concludes with specific recommendations.

    Published: November 1994
  • NCEO Technical Reports: Secondary Analysis of State Assessment Data: Why We Can't Say Much About Students with Disabilities (#10)
    Formats: PDF

    This year 1994 report summarizes activities of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) directed at producing a report on the status of students with disabilities from the secondary analysis of state collected achievement data. Although more than half of the 50 states reported that large-scale achievement data were available for some students with disabilities, potentially usable data were obtained from only six states. The report describes numerous difficulties encountered in attempts to collect and aggregate state achievement data on students with disabilities and concludes that it was not possible to produce a synthesis report on the achievement status of students with disabilities from aggregated state data bases. Recommendations are presented for improving the probability of conducting such analyses in the future.

    Published: August 1994