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Partner Reports

Guidelines for Accessible Assessment Project Reports:

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Audio Support Guidelines for Accessible Assessments: Insights From Cognitive Labs December, 2014

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Sign Support Guidelines for Accessible Assessments: Insights From Cognitive Labs December, 2014


Arizona Department of Education Reports:

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Parent Spotlight on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities, April, 2014

Enfoque de los Padres de Familia en Adaptaciones para Estudiantes con Discapacidades, June, 2014

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Parent Spotlight on Common Core State Standards and Students with Disabilities, April, 2014

Enfoque de los Padres de Familia en los Estándares Académicos Esenciales del Estado y Estudiantes con Discpacidades, June, 2014

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Parent Spotlight on IEPs and Common Core State Standards and Assessments, April, 2014

Enfoque de los Padres de Familia en los Planes IEP y los Estándares Académicos Esenciales y las Evaluaciones del Estado, June, 2014

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Parent Spotlight on 504 Plans and Common Core State Standards and Assessments, April, 2014

Enfoque de los Padres de Familia en los Planes 504 y los Estándares Académicos Esenciales y las Evaluaciones del Estado, June, 2014


IVARED Reports:

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Including students who are blind or visually impaired in English language proficiency assessments: A review of state policies (IVARED) August, 2014
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Including students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in English language proficiency assessments: A review of state policies (IVARED) July, 2014
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Voices from the field: Making state assessment decisions for English language learners with disabilities (IVARED) December, 2013
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Accommodations for students with disabilities on state English language proficiency assessments: A review of 2011 state policies (IVARED) August, 2013
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Assessment Principles and Guidelines for ELLs with Disabilities (IVARED) April, 2013
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Conceptualizing Accessibility for English Language Proficiency Assessments October, 2014
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Accommodations Manuals

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Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners with Disabilities (2013)

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Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners (first edition) (2012)

Produced by: English Language Learners State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (ELL SCASS)

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Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities  (2011)


Partnership for Accessible Reading Assessment (PARA)

Developing and Researching an Accessible Reading Assessment for Students with Disabilities (May 2012)
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Accommodations for State Reading Assessments: Policies Across the Nation (September 2011)
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Accessible Reading Assessments for Students with Disabilities: The Role of Cognitive, Grammatical, Lexical, and Textual/Visual Features (November 2010)
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Studying Less Accurately Measured Students (November 2010)
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Cognitive and Achievement Differences Between Students with Divergent Reading and Oral Comprehension Skills: Implications for Accessible Reading Assessment Research (May 2010)
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Examination of a Reading Pen as a Partial Auditory Accommodation for Reading Assessment (February 2010)
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Disabilities and Reading: Understanding the Effects of Disabilities and Their Relationship to Reading Instruction and Assessment (March 2009)
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Exploring Factors that Affect the Accessibility of Reading Comprehension Assessments for Students with Disabilities: A Study of Segmented Text (January 2009)
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The Design and Validation of a Motivating Large-Scale Accessible Reading Comprehension Assessment for Students with Disabilities
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Questions to Ask to Determine How to Move Closer to Universally Designed Assessments From the Very Beginning, by Addressing the Standards First and Moving on From There (2005)
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Examining DIF, DDF, and Omit Rate by Discrete Disability Categories (2007)
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What Do State Reading Test Specifications Specify? (2007)
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Examining Differential Distractor Functioning in Reading Assessments for Students with Disabilities (2007)
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Examining Differential Item Functioning in Reading Assessments for Students with Disabilities (2007)
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Reading and Students with Autism (2006)
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Reading and Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disabilities (2006)
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Reading and Students with Mental Retardation (2006)
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Reading and Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (2006)
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Reading and Students with Speech or Language Impairments (2006)
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Reading and Students with Visual Impairments or Blindness (2006)
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Reading and Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (2007)
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State Accommodations Policies: Implications for the Assessment of Reading (2006)
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NCEO and Assessing Special Education Students (ASES) State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS):

Forum on Evaluating Educator Effectiveness: Critical Considerations for Including Students with Disabilities (2012)
NCEO in collaboration with Assessing Special Education Students State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards, Council of Chief State School Officers


Forum on Accommodations in the 21st Century: Critical Considerations for Students with Disabilities (2012)
CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment Pre-Session
June 19, 2011, Orlando, FL

A report on the results of this forum 


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Meeting the Needs of Special Education Students: Recommendations for the Race-to-the-Top Consortia and States (Arabella Advisors)


Rewards and Roadblocks: How Special Education Students are Faring Under No Child Left Behind (2007)

State Testing Accommodations: A Look at their Value and Validity (2007)

Understanding Assessment Options for IDEA-eligible Students (2005) provides an overview of the ways students with IEPs can participate in statewide tests required by NCLB, helps guide parents as the IEP team chooses the right types of assessments and offers questions to ask about the testing options.

Determining Appropriate Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (2005) provides an overview of appropriate accommodations for students with IEPs or 504 Plans, serves as a guide to choosing accommodations and suggests questions to ask when making appropriate accommodation decisions.

Links for Academic Learning: An Alignment Protocol for Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards
(published by the National Alternate Assessment Center) November, 2007
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Learning Opportunities for Your Child Through Alternate Assessments (Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Academic Achievement Standards)
(published by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services) March, 2007
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National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects (NARAP) Reports

Accessibility Principles for Reading Assessments

Implications of NARAP Accessibility Principles for School and Classroom Practices


Technology Assisted Reading Assessment (TARA) Reports

Students with Visual Impairments and Assistive Technology: Results from a Cognitive Interview Study in Five States

Survey of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments: Students Served and Their Access to State Assessments of Reading

Field-based Perspectives on Technology Assisted Reading Assessments: Results of an Interview Study with Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVIs)


Educational Policy Reform Research Institute Reports

Topical Review One:
Creating Performance Goals and Indicators in Special Education
(January, 2002)
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Topical Review Two:
High Stakes: Exit Documents and Students with Disabilities
(October, 2002)
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Topical Review Three:
Reporting on the State Assessment Performance of Students with Disabilities
(December, 2001)
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Topical Review Four:
Emerging State-Level Themes: Strengths and Stressors in Educational Accountability Reform (May, 2005)
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Topical Review Five:
Preparing Educators to Teach Students with Disabilities in an Era of Standards-based Reform and Accountability (July, 2003)
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Out-of-Level Testing Project

Past and Present Understandings of Out-of-Level Testing: A Research Synthesis (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 1)
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How Out-of-Level Testing Affects the Psychometric Quality of Test Scores (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 2)
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Test Publishers' Views on Out-of-Level Testing (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 3)
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States' Out-of-Level Testing Policies (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 4)
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Testing Students Out of Level in Large-Scale Assessments: What States Perceive and Believe (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 5)
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Test and Measurement Expert Opinions: A Dialogue About Testing Students with Disabilities Out of Level in Large-Scale Assessments (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 6)
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A Follow-Up Web-Based Survey: Test and Measurement Expert Opinions on the Psychometric Properties of Out-of-Level Tests (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 7)
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Scale Score Comparability Across Two Levels of a Norm-Referenced Math Computation Test for Students with Learning Disabilities (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 8)
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Testing Students with Disabilities Out of Level: State Prevalence and Performance Results (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 9)
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Reporting Out-of-Level Test Scores: Are These Students Included in Accountability Programs? (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 10)
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Understanding Out-of-Level Testing in Local Schools: A First Case Study of Policy Implementation and Effects (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 11)
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Understanding Out-of-Level Testing in Local Schools: A Second Case Study of Policy Implementation and Effects (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 12)
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Rapid Changes, Repeated Challenges: States’ Out-of-Level Testing Policies for 2003-2004 (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 13)
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States' Procedures for Ensuring Out-of-Level Test Instrument Quality (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 14)
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Educators' Opinions About Out-of-Level Testing: Moving Beyond Perceptions (Out-of-Level Testing Project Report 15)
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