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Special Education Assessment And Interpretation

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This course focuses on the task of assessing the exceptional child, with an emphasis on measuring a child's abilities and diagnosing his or her strengths and needs. Commonly used tests and evaluation systems used in public school special education programs are examined. The course also addresses specific diagnostic procedures and the link between interpretation and the instructional process. Basic instructional, assessment, and behavioral recommendations are discussed.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Foundations of Special Education Assessment and Interpretation

    • Identify key terms in assessment terminology.
    • Define the steps in the special education evaluation and disability determination process.
    • Compare and contrast current assessment practices with historical foundations of assessment.
    • Explain the legal requirements of assessment and evaluation.
    • Analyze the differences between assessment practices as mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the 1973 Vocational Rehabilitation Act.

    Assessment Instruments

    • Identify the purposes of a variety of assessment instruments.
    • Identify assessments used in determining current performance levels.

    Collection of Assessment Data

    • Determine performance levels.
    • Analyze effective data collection procedures.

    Interpretation of Assessment Data

    • Interpret assessment data by analyzing attributes of student learning and performance.
    • Evaluate components of an educational assessment report.
    • Explain how assessment data contributes to disability determination.

    Linking Assessment and Instruction

    • Recommend instructional strategies, modifications, and accommodations.
    • Recommend classroom assessment strategies.
    • Recommend behavioral and social strategies.

    Communication and Collaborative Partnerships

    • Examine attributes of effective communication.
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