||Last Updated: Aug 31st, 2006 - 16:01:19
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the University of Minnesota as released a report based on a recent survey of state directors of special education concerning the performance of students with disabilities on state accountability tests.
The report, “2005 State Special Education Outcomes: Steps Forward in a Decade of Change,” is available online at http://education.umn.edu/nceo/OnlinePubs/2005StateReport.htm. The report may be viewed online or downloaded in pdf.
The findings reveal that the percentage of students with disabilities who are achieving proficiency on the state tests has increased in 42 states between 2002-03 and 2004-05. In addition, most states now have enough data to attribue increased proficiency to specific efforts (such as, better access to standards-based instruction for students with disabilities, better alignment of IEPs with standards, and clearly communicated test-participation policies) by schools and districts.
The report also provides extensive information about alternative testing procedures in the states and emerging initiatives concerning universal design of large-scale assessments.
Thompson, S. J., Thurlow, M. L., Johnstone, C. J., & Altman, J. R. (2005). 2005 State special education outcomes: Steps forward in a decade of change . Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, National Center on Educational Outcomes. Retrieved [today's date], from the World Wide Web: http://education.umn.edu/NCEO/OnlinePubs/2005StateReport.htm/
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