You are here

Alternate Assessments for Students With Disabilities

Alternate Assessments for Students With Disabilities

March 2001 | 168 pages | Corwin
`The authors clearly explain the "why" or alternative assessment and support this with lots of "how-to" information throughout the book. It is hard to imagine a teacher or administrator who wouldn't gain valuable new skills for reading this book - Victor Nolet, Author, Accessing the General Curriculum (Corwin Press 2000)

The authors of this book are determined to put the phrase "all students can learn" at the top of every school's list of principals, and show how, via alternate assessments, this motto can become a measurable reality.

This book offers a big picture of high expectations, assessment, and accountability for students with significant disabilities. The authors guide the reader through the process of alternate assessment from beginning to end, based on their understanding of and beliefs about best practices as they currently stand. Several chapters include examples of worksheets and forms that have worked for some teachers, and in some settings, as well as the authors' best insights into how they can be used to help disabled students.

Combining real-life stories and examples with hard data, including federal and state laws, requirements and guidelines, and state status reports, the authors make alternate assessment come alive for readers. This book is for general and special educators at all levels, parents of students with disabilities, advocates, education policy leaders and others concerned about the inclusion of ALL students in educational reform efforts.

Meet Lara



About the Authors
1. Alternate Assessment
What and Why

2. Inclusive Standards
High Expectations for All Students

3. Alternate Assessment Partners
4. Assessment Participation Decisions
5. Standards-Based IEPs, Transition Plans, and Alternate Assessments
6. The Nuts and Bolts of Alternate Assessment Administration
7. Scoring, Reporting, and Using Alternate Assessment Data
8. Tying It All Together
Resource A
Legal References

Resource B
Resources for Information and Assistance

Recommended Reading

"The authors clearly explain the "why" of alternate assessment and support this with lots of "how to" information throughout the book. It is hard to imagine there would be a teacher or administrator out there who wouldn’t gain valuable new skills from reading this book." 

Victor Nolet
Author, Accessing the General Curriculum

Preview this book

Sandra J. Thompson

Sandra Thompson, Ph.D. serves as a Research Associate at the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the University of Minnesota, where she has been responsible for state survey research activities that document the status of outcomes for students with disabilities, current assessment policies and practices, and involvement with IDEA activities. Dr. Thompson has an extensive background in preparing students with disabilities for successful adult lives.   More About Author

Rachel F. Quenemoen

Rachel Quenemoen, M.S., is the National Center on Educational Outcome’s (NCEO) Technical Assistance and Dissemination Area Leader, and a specialst in "research into practice" efforts. She has 25 years of experience as an educational sociologist and as a parent of a young person with a disability.   More About Author

Martha L. Thurlow

James Ysseldyke

Jim Ysseldyke, Ph.D., is Birkmaier Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, director of the School Psychology Program, and director of the Center for Reading Research at the University of Minnesota. Widely requested as a staff developer and conference speaker, Ysseldyke brings more than 30 years of research and teaching experience to educational professionals around the globe. ... More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9780761977742
$ 34.95