Assessing Learners with Special Needs: Pearson New International Edition

Terry Overton  
Total pages
August 2013
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For undergraduate and graduate courses in Special Education Assessment


A practical, applied approach to assessing learners with special needs from early childhood through transition


Assessing Learners with Special Needs: An Applied Approach, Seventh Edition provides readers with a practical, step-by-step approach to learning about the complex procedures of the assessment process. Integrated cases help facilitate reader comprehension of difficult concepts. Practice exercises provide an opportunity for readers to monitor their progress.


Each chapter begins with a Chapter Focus that serves as an advance organizer for readers to better prepare them for the concepts presented in the chapter. CEC Knowledge and Skills standards relevant to the chapter topic are also listed.



Reader-friendly key terms are defined in the margin at the point in the chapter where they are presented.


Check Your Understanding exercises provide an opportunity for readers to monitor their progress in the learning and assessment process.


Test Review tables in part 3 summarize the assessment instruments covered in the chapters.


Progress Monitoring Assessments are included at the end of each part of the text. Readers first complete a baseline assessment and learn how to plot their scores against an aim line.


Chapter Summaries provide an overview of the important points covered in the chapter.


Think Ahead Exercises enable readers to gauge their understanding of the chapter as a whole. Answers to these exercises are available in the Appendix.

New to this Edition

  • An emphasis on progress monitoring, including progress monitoring applied to the acquisition of knowledge and skills presented in this text
  • The assessment process according to the regulations of IDEA 2004
  • A separate chapter on transition issues and assessment
  • A separate chapter on assessment in infancy and early childhood
  • A new chapter on the measurement aspects of Response to Intervention
  • Increased consideration of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the assessment process


Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction to Assessment 


Chapter 1 An Introduction  



Part 2 Technical Prerequisites of Understanding Assessment


Chapter 2 Descriptive Statistics  

Chapter 3 Reliability and Validity  

Chapter 4 An Introduction to Norm-Referenced Assessment  



Part 3 Assessing Students


Chapter 5 Curriculum-Based Assessment and Other Informal Measures  

Chapter 6 Response to Intervention

Chapter 7 Academic Assessment

Chapter 8 Assessment of Behavior

Chapter 9   Measurement of Intelligence and Adaptive Behavior

Chapter 10   Special Considerations of Assessment in Early Childhood

Chapter 11   Special Considerations of Assessment in Transition



Part 4 Interpretation of Assessment Results


Chapter 12   Interpreting Assessment for Educational Intervention  

Chapter 13 Laws, Ethics, and Issues