For all students
to count, all students must be counted !!
We believe all students can learn and for all K-12 students to count,
they must be counted in the assessments states use to evaluate educational
progress and to hold schools accountable for student learning. Thus,
we have developed this web course for inservice and preservice teachers,
administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, and parents
who want to understand educational assessment and facilitate the meaningful
participation of all students in state and district-wide assessments.
The course employs a case-based, situated learning approach and
focuses on tactics, such as testing accommodations and alternate assessments,
to facilitate the meaningful inclusion of students with disabilities
in large-scale assessments. This course will help educators become familiar
with their state's standards-based education framework and be knowledgeable
of the general content of large-scale assessments used in a majority
of states. In addition, participants are provided detailed information
on state testing guidelines, the valid use of testing accommodations,
the valid use of alternate assessments, and how to communicate assessment
results to educational stakeholders.
The application of course content is facilitated by the completion of
a number of practical activities and the use of case studies of three
students, Patrick, Tia, and Chris. Students like these three have often
been excluded from state and district tests, or if tested, their scores
may not have been reported. Such behavior has resulted in an incomplete
picture of performance for these students and the schools they attend.
Excluding students like Patrick, Tia, and Chris is no longer acceptable.
Including these students in a meaningful way that results in valid assessments
is an achievable goal for all educators.
Finally, we subscribe to the philosophy that learners should control
when, and what information they get so that information is relevant
to their personal needs. We use Internet-based distance education because
it allows individuals to learn when they have the time; it is available
whenever they are. Also, we supply links, examples, and other resources
that allow learners to customize what they learn to meet their specific
needs. In this way, learners shape the timing and content of the course
to make it a relevant to their unique needs and settings.