of the Course
This course helps educators
respond to IDEA 1997 amendments that require schools to include students
with disabilities in educational accountability programs when possible,
and to develop and use alternate assessments when it is not possible.
The course provides knowledge and skills in three essential domains:
- Educational Assessment
Principles and Practices. This unit covers the purposes of educational
assessment, basic assessment literacy, and the laws and regulations
governing educational accountability and inclusion of students with
disabilities in accountability programs.
- Large Scale Assessment.
This unit provides educators with an overview of large scale assessment
(LSA), and provides an in-depth exploration of the content and results
of three popular large scale assessment tests: the TerraNova, the
Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-9), and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills
- Accommodations and
Alternate Assessment. This unit helps educators decide when
and when not) to accommodate, how to provide valid and effective
accommodations, and how to document accommodations decisions and
practices. The unit also addresses when alternate assessment is
(and is not) appropriate for evaluating students with disabilities.
Each of these units is
a stand-alone course of study equivalent to 1 graduate credit or 1.5
CEUs. However, each unit builds on the previous unit. We recommend
that you complete the unit on Educational Assessment Principles and
Practices before you take the unit on Large Scale Assessment, and
you should complete the Large Scale Assessment unit before the unit
on Accommodations and Alternate Assessment. Individuals who complete
all of the activities in a unit will earn 4.5 CEUs from CEC, and may
earn graduate course credit from Gallaudet University if they elect
to do so (see CEUs, Course Credit, and Fees).
N. Elliott, PhD
Professor of Educational Psychology
University of Wisconsin--Madison
Associate Director Wisconsin Center for Education Research
for Students with Disabilities
We wish to fully include
all persons, an in particular those with disabilities, in this course.
Please let us or the CEC webmaster know if you need any special accommodations
in the curriculum, instruction, or assessments of this course to enable
you to fully participate. We will respect the confidentiality of the
information you share with us.
There is one required text
for the class, which may be purchased from CEC:
Elliott, S. N. & Braden,
J. P. (2001). Accessing One & All: Facilitating the Meaningful
Participation of Students with Disabilities in District and Statewide
Assessment Programs. Reston, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.
Individuals who order the book prior to publication may download the
preprint manuscript (at no additional charge) to use in the course.
text (Elliott & Braden, 2001) provides comprehensive information relating
to the three major units in the course. Content in the book and in
the hypermedia course are integrated; it is not possible to fully
understand this course without the text. The hypermedia course provides
additional supporting materials, including slide presentations, video
segments, additional readings and documents, and multimedia links
to on-line resources. You must provide your own Internet access. We
recommend the following software to be installed in your computer:
Internet Explorer (version 4.0 or higher)
Acrobat (4.0 or higher)
Basic (6.0 or higher)
Media Player (6.0 or higher)
QuickTime Player (3.0 or higher) optional
- Microsoft PowerPoint-optional
The quality of multimedia
will vary according to the quality of your Internet connection, the
speed of your computer, and your software. When possible, we provide
on-line information in multiple file formats so you have a choice
of what works best for your equipment.
Other required readings
are embedded in the hypermedia course. Typically, these readings are
policy statements, codes of conduct, and other brief documents. Other
readings are recommended. Because they change to reflect improvements
and changes in hypermedia resources, they are not listed in this syllabus.
& Student Evaluation
All students taking the
course must complete the following assignments:
- Review course expectations.
- Create a study group,
either with colleagues on-site, or through the electronic forum
provided by CEC
- Study the cases presented
in the hypermedia course (i.e., review all materials in cases to
thoroughly understand the children presented in each case).
- Develop a case using
a student with whom you are familiar.
- Complete all exercises
in each unit for our cases and yours by making a guidebook.
Rationale: We assume
that educators (of all ages!) learn best when they have the opportunity
to socially construct, situate, and distribute knowledge. Consequently,
this course is predicated on case-based learning (situated cognition)
with a team of peers (social construction) resulting in a guidebook
(distributed knowledge). We do not require that you show us your guidebook,
but we do require interactive responses to all exercises within a
unit before you may receive credit. We will also require that you
certify you have completed required assignments, and collaborated
with others in developing and reviewing your work.
Each unit (Educational
Assessment Principles & Practices, Large Scale Assessment, and Accommodations
& Alternate Assessment) has multiple modules. Although you may complete
units and modules in any order, you must complete all modules within
a unit to obtain credit. For example, you must complete all activities
in the Accommodations, Alternate Assessment, and Decisions & Reporting
modules before you may receive credit for the Accommodations & Alternate
Assessment unit. You must pay the fees required for a unit before
you may access any of the modules within the unit.
Course Credit, and Fees
You may earn continuing education units (CEUs) and course credit
for completing each course unit. Each unit is equivalent to 1 graduate
credit, or 1.5 CEUs. When you complete all of the modules within
a unit, the multimedia supplement will provide you with a form documenting
15 earned CEUs. There is no additional fee; CEUs are included in
the course registration. You can use copies of the documentation
to register for CEUs in your state. You may not receive partial
credit for partial completion of activities-credit is all-or-none
within each unit. If you require additional documentation (e.g.,
a formal letter of certification), CEC may provide the letter, and
may charge an additional fee to cover the increased administrative
- Graduate Credit.You
may also elect to earn course credit for your work through the
Gallaudet University. Your grade will be determined by a series
of on-line tests you will take on-line to demonstrate your knowledge
of each module. After you take a test, you will get feedback on
your responses. You may retake the test as many times as you wish
to learn the material. You will then take a second exam covering
the same material for your final grade. No additional study is required;
you can earn graduate credit by examination. You may elect to take
each module for 1 graduate credit; there is an additional fee (tuition)
for course credit.
CEC charges its members $125 per unit, or $295 for all three units.
The fee entitles you to unlimited course access for a period of
6 weeks/unit, or 20 weeks for those who register for all three units.
Nonmembers pay $175 per unit, or $495 for all three units. Fees
are generally not refundable (see below), and must be paid prior
to course access. Fees are intended to cover only one student; each
student is required to register, and pay their own fees. CEU certificates
will be given only to those who have registered, paid fees in full,
and completed all required modules and activities.
Some or all fees may be
refunded if the user is unable to access course materials due to
exceptional circumstances. Because many materials are on-line, and
can be accessed prior to paying course fees, CEC assumes that all
who enroll for the course have already demonstrated hypermedia access.
However, CEC will consider refunds if exceptional circumstances
occur. Individuals must request a refund in writing within 2 weeks
of paying for course, and justify their request. Requests for extended
course access (beyond the limits described above) will generally
not be allowed, but may be requested (in writing) within two weeks
of the course access termination date. Requests for extensions after
access has expired will not be considered unless the request can
demonstrate exceptional circumstances.