Including Students with Disabilities in State and District-wide Assessment

A Guide for IEP Teams

Introduction: Increasingly educators are being asked to be accountable for the learning of our nationšs students. Questions are being raised as to the effectiveness of current educational programming in preparing students to be competent adults. In response to these concerns, educational reform efforts such as the Goals 2000 and Schools for the 21st Century have system accountability measures built into them including assessment of student academic progress. Many states across the country, including Utah, have also been mandated by their legislatures to develop formalized student assessment systems as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of public education. In many instances, students with disabilities have not participated in statewide assessments of academic achievement nor has there been any analysis of the performance of those students who have been included. System accountability for learner results has been limited for students with disabilities.

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