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Assessing Learners with Special Needs : An Applied Approach

Assessing Learners with Special Needs : An Applied Approach - 4th edition

Assessing Learners with Special Needs : An Applied Approach - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780130943095

ISBN10: 0130943096

Assessing Learners with Special Needs : An Applied Approach by Terry Overton - ISBN 9780130943095
Edition: 4TH 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Merrill Education/Prentice Hall
International: No
Assessing Learners with Special Needs : An Applied Approach by Terry Overton - ISBN 9780130943095

ISBN13: 9780130943095

ISBN10: 0130943096

Edition: 4TH 03

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For courses in Assessment in Special Education.

The fourth edition of this popular text is again written specifically for the majority of future teachers--those who will teach in public school special education classrooms. This text offers everything these teachers will need in order to assess pupils with mild to moderate disabilities--and presents these complex concepts in a straightforward, step-by-step manner complete with practice exercises for every step, case studies, and plenty of measurement examples. From calculating chronological age scores and raw test results, to effectively writing educational objectives required for IEPs, every pertinent issue is thoroughly addressed, including the most recent federal mandates of the 1997 IDEA Amendments.

Features :

  • NEW--Increased coverage of cultural and linguistic diversity--Includes diversity-specific applications, exercises, and case studies, as well as a thorough review of relevant literature.
  • Impresses upon future educators the extraordinary diversity in today's special education classrooms--it's not just about physical limitations anymore!
  • NEW--Functional behavior assessment coverage--Includes narrative material and targeted applications exercises.
  • Prepares students for public school system expectations. Teachers are now required to complete such assessments for all children with behavioral difficulties.
  • NEW--Expanded coverage of legal requirements for educational/behavioral planning--Includes case studies based on writing legally-accurate educational objectives.
  • Teaches students exactly how to write thoughtful, implementable objectives that meet all legal guidelines.
  • NEW--Introduction of phonemic awareness assessment--Includes a case study specific to the topic.
  • Helps students to understand this highly-specialized assessment by, essentially, seeing it done.
  • NEW--Thorough treatment of transition planning.
  • Enables students to relate legal requirements to actual IEP objectives for post-secondary transitions.
  • NEW--Discussion of high-stakes testing--Examines group testing and high-stakes assessment, accommodations in such testing, alternatives, and mitigating issues.
  • Offers a thorough examination of this controversial testing to prepare students to use it effectively and accurately.
  • Review of legal regulations and ethical standards--Relates 1997 IDEA Amendments, as well as CEC and NASP professional conduct standards directly to the assessment process.
  • Introduces students to the ideals and expectations of the profession.
  • Step-by-step introduction to measurement--Includes samples of both formal and informal assessment instruments, protocols, and scoring tables.
  • Familiarizes students with the tools of their trade and affords them hands-on practice in crucial measurement tasks well before they encounter their first pupils.
  • Applications Exercises in most chapters--Including exercises involving culturally and linguistically diverse students and exercises involving the most recent regulations.
  • Offers opportunities for students to apply text content to example subjects and situations.
  • Think Ahead sections in each chapter.
  • Focuses students' attention on key concepts in the next chapter while setting the stage for upcoming issues.
  • Chapter exercise answer keys.
  • Allows students to check their work and assess their own learning as the course progresses.

Author Bio

Overton, Terry : University of Texas - Pan American

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. An Introduction.
2. Laws, Ethics, and Issues.


3. Descriptive Statistics.
4. Reliability and Validity.
5. An Introduction to Norm-Referenced Assessment.


6. Tests of Educational Achievement.
7. Standardized Diagnostic Testing.
8. Informal Assessment Techniques.
9. Assessment of Behavior.
10. Measures of Intelligence and Adaptive Behavior.
11. Special Considerations in Assessment.


12. Interpreting Assessment for Educational Intervention.
13. Case Studies.

Name Index.
Subject Index.