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Assessment Accomodations for Diverse Learners

Assessment Accomodations for Diverse Learners - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0205335299

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ISBN10: 0205335292
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Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Published: 2004
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Assessment Accomodations for Diverse Learners - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0205335299

David Goh

ISBN13: 978-0205335299
ISBN10: 0205335292
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Succinct and up-to-date, Accommodations in School Assessment presents a systematic discussion of the use of assessment accommodations with two types of learners who have many assessment issues in common--students with disabilities and students from linguistically diverse backgrounds (ELL).

Recent years have witnessed an increasing use of accommodations in school assessment, especially in large-scale achievement testing. This concise and practical text provides a balanced discussion on professional use of assessment accommodations and empirical research on the effects of various accommodations.

Features :

  • Since the reasonable use of testing accommodations is not only an issue in large-scale standardized testing, but also in individual standardized testing and in classroom testing, this text discusses accommodations applicable to various school testing and assessment situations.
  • While most current discussion on the use of testing accommodations focus primarily on achievement tests, this text expands this focus to include other tests, such as measures of cognitive abilities, language, or other skills.
  • Maintains a balanced discussion between the practical and the research aspects of assessment accommodations by including in several relevant chapters a review of the empirical research on the use of assessment accommodations as well as the effects of accommodations on test properties and test performance.
  • Integrates into various chapters the use of testing accommodations for students with sensory disabilities--visual impairment, hearing difficulties, physical disabilities--further diversifying the scope of special needs students addressed.
  • Includes a discussion on the use of alternative strategies, such as performance assessment and portfolio assessment.

Author Bio

Goh, David S. : Queens College of the City University of New York

Table of Contents

Every chapter concludes with "Summary."
Preface.

1. An introduction to contemporary school testing and assessment.

Testing and assessment.
Uses of tests in education.
Contemporary developments affecting assessment in education.
Including diverse learners in large-scale assessment.
Recent trends in school assessment.



2. Diverse learners, standardized testing, and testing accommodations.

Diverse learners defined.
General requirements of assessment.
Characteristics of standardized test.
Types of standardized tests.
Using testing accommodations for diverse learners.
Legal bases for testing accommodations.


3. Professional uses of testing accommodations.

Purpose of using accommodations in testing.
Basic considerations in using testing accommodations.
Types of testing accommodations.
Selecting testing accommodations.
Requesting and granting accommodations.
Interpreting results from accommodated testing.
Reporting assessment data from diverse learners.
Research on the use of testing accommodations in various school assessments.


4. Psychometric issues in the use of testing accommodations.

Testing accommodations and psychometric soundness.
Standardization.
Reliability.
Validity.
Types of validity evidence.
Effects of accommodations on reliability and validity.
Effects of accommodations on test performance.
Flagging of scores on accommodated tests.


5. Using accommodations for students with sensory and/or physical disabilities.

Blind and visual impairment.
Deaf and hard of hearing.
Physical disabilities.
Empirical research on effects of testing accommodations.
Some concluding remarks and recommendations.


6. Using accommodations for students with learning, cognitive, and behavioral disabilities.

Learning disabilities.
Mental retardation.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Behavioral and emotional disturbance.
Empirical research on effects of testing accommodations.
Some concluding remarks and recommendations.


7. Using accommodations for English language learners.

ELLs in the public schools.
Need for testing accommodations for ELLs.
Steps in assessing ELLs with accommodations.
Assessing English language proficiency.
Exempting or deferring ELLs from testing.
Modifying standard test administration.
Using test translated or adapted tests.
Using bilingual interpreters in testing.
Common guidelines needed for providing testing accommodations to ELLs.
Some concluding remarks and recommendations.


8. Alternative assessment.

What is alternative assessment?
Alternative assessment and diverse learners.
Types of alternative assessment.
Specific alternative assessment strategies.
Scoring and interpretation.
Technical considerations.
Merits and limitations.
References.
Index.

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