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This collection of materials provides a rationale for including all students with disabilities in statewide assessments and offers guidance for Vermont educators implementing the Vermont Assessment Program. Three reasons for inclusion are presented and supported with statistics, excerpts from the law, and research findings. The reasons for inclusion include: (1) to ensure comparability of scores; (2) to ensure compliance with legislation; and (3) to serve the best interests of students. The use of portfolio assessment in preparing Individualized Education Programs (IEP) is explained. Sample math and writing IEP sections are offered, as are two ways of reporting assessment accommodations in the IEP. Suggestions are given to help schools include all students in statewide assessments, including: consideration of the design characteristics of assessment instruments, accommodations, and alternative assessments used; explanation of the distinction between accommodated assessment and alternative assessment; guidelines for accommodation and an accommodation planning worksheet; standards for evaluating appropriateness of an accommodation; and examples. Also provided are suggestions for sources of additional help. (DB)

Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Individualized Education Programs, Performance Based Assessment, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations

Author: Hock, Michael


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