This comprehensive text for future teachers of learners with disabilities is grounded in the idea that assessment is at the center of all good teaching. Its hallmarks are its accessibility, balanced coverage of both this formal and informal assessment, plus thorough exploration of the link between gathering information and actually using it to make informed decisions. Offering a step-by-step Assessment Question Model on the inside front cover, it equips readers to understand the complete assessment process, from choosing the best tool, to adapting instruction to improving outcomes. Popular, as well as lesser-known, tools are examined in order to acquaint readers with promising procedures for assessing students with special needs.
Tools for Assessment-A handy list of all of the formal and informal tools discussed in the text. A complete list is located in the preface. Additional tools and references discussed on the Companion Website. Serves as a helpful reference for exam preparation. (See Preface pg. XV).
The Assessment Question Model, questioning techniques used when assessing students; and the inside back cover lists Standard 8 of the Council for Exceptional Children's Professional Standards. For special education professionals, Standard 8 deals with assessment skills and knowledge competencies .
More than 50 new assessment measures-Including the latest editions of the Diagnostic WJIII Achievement Battery, the Test of Gross Motor Development, and the Culture Free Self-Esteem Inventories. Familiarizes students with the major assessment measurements currently in use equipping them for the expectations of today's educational arena. (See Preface for full listing).
Authentic cases, with reflective questions, in every chapter-Assessment in Action. Illustrate assessment as it happens in real classrooms with real teachers and pupils; place students in the role of the classroom teacher and help them understand its demands. (See example pg. 27).
NEW - Additional materials are discussed on the Companion Website. A more robust site, will now include additional activities, including Assessment in Action reflective activities, a Glossary, and CEC activities tied to the knowledge and skills standards. http://www.prenhall.com/mcloughlin.
Thorough updating throughout- Especially with recent legislation, reform movements, techniques for ongoing classroom assessment, testing accommodations for special needs students, grading/report cards, phonological processing, and collaborative parent-professional partnerships.
o Ensures students the benefit of the most current thinking in the field; prepares future teachers for the expectations of parents, principals, district, state, and national initiatives, and the community.
Numerous case reports, sample test profiles, checklists, and illustrations-Throughout the material.
o Visually augment text content-help make details of assessment vehicles and tools more memorable.
Information Boxes-In every chapter.
o Summarize key characteristics of tests discussed in the chapter; organize test information into useful, highly visible sections that can be easily referred to.
Outline, Summary, and Study Guide sections-- In each chapter.
o Focus students' attention on the major content points-serve as springboards to in-class discussions or out-of-class assignments, and a handy tool for exam-time review.
Additional resources are discussed on the Website.
PART I. INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT.1. Special Education Assessment.
PART II: ASSESSMENT SKILLS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATORS.3. Selection of Assessment Tools.
PART III: ASSESSMENT OF GENERAL PERFORMANCE AREAS.7. School Performance.
PART IV: ASSESSMENT OF ACADEMIC AREAS.11. Reading.
PART V: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS.15. Parent and Family Involvement, Eleanor W. Lynch.