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  • Pros and Cons of Alternate Diplomas: Benefits for Student Transition Success?
    Formats: PDF

    This presentation describes the pros and cons of alternate diplomas, focusing on possible benefits for students to have successful transition experiences. It was presented at the 2019 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) annual conference.

    Published: 2019-01-30
  • Exploring IEP Transition Planning Experiences and Future Goal Aspirations of ELs and non-ELs with Disabilities
    Formats: PDF

    This presentation on IEP transition planning experiences and future goal aspirations of English learners and non-English learners with disabilities was presented at the 2020 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) annual conference.

    Published: 2020-02-28
  • Predictors of Participation of Transition Planning Participation and Future Goal Aspirations for Secondary ELs with Disabilities
    Formats: PDF

    This presentation discussed predictors of participation of transition planning participation and future goal aspirations for secondary English learners with disabilities. It was presented at the 2019 Minnesota Department of Education's Minnesota English Learner Education conference (MELEd).

    Published: 2019-11-19
  • NCEO Policy Directions: Successfully Transitioning from the AA-MAS to the General Assessment (#22)
    Formats: Online, PDF

    A report exploring how federal policy initiatives such as the flexibility waivers for accountability are requiring that states transition away from the use of an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). It is expected that those students who had participated in that assessment will instead participate in the state's general assessment (or a Race-to-the-Top consortium assessment if the state belongs to one). It is important that this transition be successful. Much has been learned through the development of the AA-MAS and its implementation. These lessons learned form the basis for ensuring the successful transition from the AA-MAS to the general assessment. Indeed, the lessons learned from the AA-MAS provide important information for all states as they strive to ensure that their general assessments are appropriate for a broad range of students. This Policy Directions offers suggestions for strategies to move the students currently participating in the AA-MAS to the general assessment.

    Published: February 2014
  • IEP/Transition Planning Participation and Future Goal Aspirations of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Formats: PDF
    Published: 2021-04-09
  • Successfully Transitioning Away from the 2% Assessment: Frequently Asked Questions
    Formats: PDF

    On August 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education published a proposed rollback of the regulation that allowed the alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). In February 2014, a meeting was held for states to develop plans to transition away from the AA-MAS. During the meeting, states had the opportunity to ask question of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), as well as other experts, about the use of data, accommodations, standards-based IEPs, and universal design. This set of Frequently Asked Questions represent commonly asked questions raised during this meeting.

    Published: July 2014
  • NCEO Brief: Considerations for Consortia as States Transition Away from AA-MAS (#7)
    Formats: Online, PDF

    A brief addressing the need for consortia to assist their member states in moving away from the alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). It focuses on key considerations for consortia as they address the inclusion of low-performing students in all member states, informed by the lessons learned from the AA-MAS. Topics highlighted in this brief are: including low-performing students in field test designs, customizing non-summative assessments to include low-performing students, and collecting and examining data on this group of students.

    Published: February 2014
  • NCEO Technical Reports: Interpreting Trends in the Performance of Special Education Students (#27)
    Formats: Online

    This year 2000 report examines the effect that transitions between regular education and special education across grades had on performance trends for the special education population. It also looks at the effect that changes in exemption rates for students with disabilities had on performance trends. It was found that the reduction in exemption rates from testing as well as the departure of highest achieving special education students returning to general education both contributed to an increase in the performance gap over time. Further, when the same group of special education students were tracked over time, this gap decreased slightly. Findings have significant implications for states in the reporting of disaggregated data on students with disabilities, particularly in tracking performance across time. Recommendations are provided.

    Published: October 2000
  • NCEO Newsletter: June 2014 issue
    Formats: Online

    An issue highlighting some of NCEO's recent work on the survey of states which will be sent in the fall of 2014, the transition from the alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS), and sessions of interest at the National Conference on Student Assessment in New Orleans, June 25-27, 2014.

    Published: June 2014
  • NCEO Newsletter: October 2014 issue
    Formats: Online

    An issue highlighting the launching of the 2014 NCEO Survey of States, summaries of two new reports on accommodations on English language proficiency assessments for low-incidence disabilities, and resources available from the July 2014 Webinar on "Successfully Transitioning Away from the 2% Assessment." Many of these resources are applicable to states seeking ways to improve use of data to identify intervention approaches, provide access to instruction, and improve implementation of standards-based Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). This issue also contains a short survey about the NCEO e-newsletter itself.

    Published: October 2014
  • NCEO Brief: Making Accessibility Decisions for ALL Students (#11)
    Formats: Online, PDF

    A Brief presenting information on steps to take in the transition from a focus on making decisions about accommodations for students with disabilities and English language learners (ELLs), to a focus on decisions about accessibility and accommodations required by the new assessment approaches of states and collaboratives of states. These new approaches include making decisions for students without an identified disability or ELL status. Seven steps are highlighted that will be useful for states in organizing professional development for educators who will be making accessibility decisions, and for educators themselves who are seeking information on making optimal decisions about accessibility tools and accommodations that meet individual student needs.

    Published: June 2015
  • NCEO Synthesis Reports: 2012 State Policies for Accommodations Used to Deliver Assessments Orally (#91)
    Formats: Online, PDF

    A report examining the wide variation across states in their accommodations policies for Human Reader, Text to Speech, and Pre-recorded Audio. The results of the analyses in the report can inform states and the general assessment consortia--PARCC and Smarter Balanced--as they plan for the transition to their new assessments. Among other things, the report provides an easy way to develop a crosswalk of policies on these accommodations to the new consortia policies.

    Published: August 2013; revised January 2014
  • NCEO Newsletter: February 2017 issue
    Formats: Online

    In this issue, new NCEO activities and products are highlighted. NCEO is excited to be collaborating with the University of Texas in the new National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (see New Deaf Center Grant). Other NCEO collaborations are reflected in its work with ACHIEVE on diplomas for students with disabilities, and in its work on the state defined alternate diploma with the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). A new report by NCEO provides baseline information on how states are addressing the exit of English learners (ELs) with disabilities from EL services (see How States Make Exit Decisions...). Finally, in this issue we provide some updates on NCEO's DIAMOND project activities.

    Published: February 2017
  • NCEO Technical Reports: State Graduation Requirements for Students With and Without Disabilities (#24)
    Formats: Online, PDF

    This year 1999 report documents state graduation requirements based on a survey study of assessment directors of 50 states and the District of Columbia. The National Center on Educational Outcomes and the National Transition Network collaborated in this study. The report describes what is required for students with and without disabilities to earn exit documents in each state, including standard diplomas, certificates of completion, IEP diplomas and honor diplomas, and provides details about exam and coursework modifications that states allow for students with disabilities. The report offers recommendations for policymakers as they consider setting policy for graduation requirements.

    Published: April 1999
  • NCEO Newsletter: June 2017 issue
    Formats: Online

    The June issue of NCEO's e-newsletter highlights recent webinars, products, and upcoming activities. NCEO held a couple webinar conferences recently. One focused on the 1% cap on participation in the alternate assessment. The other, which was jointly hosted with the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT), focused on the state-defined alternate diploma. Also highlighted are a new NCEO Data Analytics, an interactive report that provides multiple ways of examining participation and performance data for students with disabilities, and a resource, Formative Assessment for Students with Disabilities. Finally, you will find an article on the forum that will precede the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA), titled Text Readers for Everyone on All Tests - Getting a Handle on What This Means. It includes information on how to register for this event. Also, we provide a summary of all the sessions in which NCEO is participating during NCSA.

    Published: June 2017
  • National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) Website
    Formats: Online

    A website presenting NCEO, which is a federally-funded technical assistance center that supports states and districts on issues related to inclusive assessments, particularly for students with disabilities, English learners (ELs), and ELs with disabilities. NCEO has a rich set of reports and other publications on a range of topics related to educational assessments. NCEO is one of ICI's affiliated centers.

    Published: 2000