Assessment of Exceptional Students, Seventh Edition, offers a practical approach that emphasizes how both informal and formal procedures fit into the overall assessment process.
- Provides up-to-date coverage of assessment instruments, techniques, and procedures that are used with special education students.
- Details historical, legal, and philosophical issues as well as current concerns in the field.
- Covers the areas of ability assessment, achievement testing, early childhood assessment, and transitional/vocational assessment.
- Provides readers with a summary matrix for each chapter, and an "overview" box for each test.
- Information on ethics discusses teachers' ethical responsibilities in the assessment process.
- Information on the role of the computer throughout Chapters 2 and 3, with highlights on computer administration, computer scoring, and cautions against computer interpretation.
- Information on testing accommodations in Chapter 3, provides more up-to-date information about alternate assessment and testing accommodations in large-scale testing programs.
- Vignettes with questions and answers at the beginning and end of Chapters 7-17 to encourage students to apply information.
- A feature called ''Focus on Diversity'' that highlights issues in assessment that impact diversity.
New To This Edition
- NEW! Coverage of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) 2004 reauthorization and its implications on Assessment. In addition, a section on the Companion Web site will keep students and instructors informed about the latest information regarding IDEIA and its forthcoming regulations.
- Increased coverage of accommodations--very timely based on the requirement of IDEA.
- Increased coverage of alternate assessment, including observation, criterion-referenced testing, curriculum-based and portfolio assessment, and other alternative procedures.
- New information about the role of assessment in No Child Left Behind and high-stakes testing.
- Updated references and reviews of literature on the norm-referenced tests.
- Descriptions of many revised tests including the WISC-IV, the Stanford-Binet-5, the KTEA-II, The KABC-II, and the BASC-2.
- Chapters 5 and 6 have been streamlined to align the steps and examples of developing CRTs and CBAs.
- Additional examples of determining basals and ceilings using real tests.
- Appendix C has been moved to Chapter 2 in order to provide early information about how assessment data are used for determining eligibility for special education.
- Includes margin icons that indicate where information related to diversity, technology, and test accommodations is mentioned.
- Chapter 12 (Assessment of Reading) now includes information on instruments for assessing emerging reading skills, consistent with the Early Reading First mandate of NCLB.