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Test Security and Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of States' 2013-14 Test Security Policies (Synthesis Report 95) June, 2014
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2012 State Policies for Accommodations Used to Deliver Assessments Orally (Synthesis Report 91) August, 2013; revised January 2014 - NEW!
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Results of a Cognitive Interview Study of Immediate Feedback and Revision Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Large Scale Assessments (Synthesis Report 92) - NEW!
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2010-11 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities (Technical Report 68) September, 2013- NEW!
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Accommodation Policies for States' Alternate Assessments based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS) (Synthesis Report 90) July, 2013
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States' flexibility plans for phasing out the Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) by 2014-15 (Synthesis Report 89) March, 2013
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Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS) Participation Policies (Synthesis Report 88) December, 2012
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A Summary of the Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 2009-2010 (Technical Report 65) November, 2012
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Test Administrators' Perspectives on the Use of the Read Aloud Accommodation in Math on State Tests for Accountability (Technical Report 66) October, 2012
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Using Cognitive Labs to Evaluate Student Experiences with the Read Aloud Accommodation in Math (Technical Report 67) September, 2012
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Rules for Audio Representation of Science Items on a Statewide Assessment: Results of a Comparative Study (Technical Report 64) June, 2012
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Diploma Options, Graduation Requirements, and Exit Exams for Youth with Disabilities: 2011 National Study (Technical Report 62) April, 2012
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An Evaluation of the Extent to Which Teachers Used the IEP Quality Tutorial-South Dakota After Training (Technical Report 63) April, 2012
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Characteristics of Low Performing Special Education and Non-Special Education Students on Large-Scale Assessments (Technical Report 60) March, 2012
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Learning Progressions in K-8 Classrooms: How Progress Maps Can Influence Classroom Practice and Perceptions and Help Teachers Make More Informed Instructional Decisions in Support of Struggling Learners (Synthesis Report 87) January, 2012
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Tennessee Special Education Teacher Survey: Training, Large-scale Testing, and TCAP-MAAS Administration (Technical Report 61) January, 2012
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Educating Struggling Learners: Reflections on Lessons Learned about Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Synthesis Report 86) December, 2011
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2009 State Policies on Assessment Participation and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (Synthesis Report 83)
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Characteristics of States' Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards in 2010-2011 (Synthesis Report 85) September, 2011
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Professional Development to Improve Accommodations Decisions-A Review of the Literature (Synthesis Report 84) August, 2011
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2008-09 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities (Technical Report 59) August, 2011
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States' Participation Guidelines for Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) in 2010 (Synthesis Report 82) May, 2011
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Participation and Performance Reporting for the Alternate Assessment based on Modified Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) (Technical Report 58) April, 2011
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Public Reporting of 2007-2008 Assessment Information on Students with Disabilities: Progress on the Gap Front (Technical Report 57) March, 2011
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Accommodations: Results of a Survey of Alabama Special Education Teachers
(Synthesis Report 81) November, 2010
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Characteristics of States' Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards in 2009-2010 (Synthesis Report 80) November, 2010
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Who are the students who may qualify for an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS)?: Focus group results (Synthesis Report 79) January, 2011
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Computer-based Testing: Practices and Considerations (Synthesis Report 78) September, 2010
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Science Assessments for Students with Disabilities in School Year 2006-2007: What We Know about Participation, Performance, and Accommodations  (Synthesis Report 77) August, 2010
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Earning a High School Diploma through Alternative Routes (Synthesis Report 76) June, 2010
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A Summary of the Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 2007-2008 (Technical Report 56) May, 2010
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States' Participation Guidelines for Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) in 2009 (Synthesis Report 75) March, 2010
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States' Accommodations Policies for Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) in 2008-2009 (Synthesis Report 74) March, 2010
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Common Misperceptions and Research-based Recommendations for Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards (Synthesis Report 73) February, 2010
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States Challenged to Meet Special Education Targets for Assessment Indicator (Technical Report 55) February, 2010
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Characteristics of States' Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards in 2008 (Synthesis Report 72) September, 2009
 
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State Reports on the Participation and Performance of English Language Learners with Disabilities in 2006-2007 (Technical Report 54) May, 2009
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Achieving Transparency in the Public Reporting of 2006-2007 Assessment Results (Technical Report 53) July, 2009
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States' Participation Guidelines for Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) in 2008 (Synthesis Report 71) December, 2008
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Good News and Bad News in Disaggregated Subgroup Reporting  to the Public on 2005-2006 Assessment Results (Technical Report 52) December, 2008
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An Analysis of Accommodations Issues from the Standards and Assessments Peer Review (Technical Report 51) December, 2008
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Trends in the Participation and Performance of Students with Disabilities (Technical Report 50) December, 2008
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A Principled Approach to Accountability Assessments for Students with Disabilities (Synthesis Report 70)
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2007 State Policies on Assessment Participation and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (Synthesis Report 69)
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A Brief History of Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (Synthesis Report 68) December, 2008
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States' Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) in 2007 (Synthesis Report 67) December, 2007
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Revisiting Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities: A National Study (Technical Report 49) December, 2007
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English Language Learners with Disabilities in State English Language Proficiency Assessments: A Review of State Accommodation Policies (Synthesis Report 66) December, 2007
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Student Think Aloud Reflections on Comprehensible and Readable Assessment Items: Perspectives on What Does and Does Not Make an Item Readable (Technical Report 48) September, 2007
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A Summary of the Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 2005-2006 (Technical Report 47) August, 2007
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Nearing the Target in Disaggregated Subgroup Reporting to the Public on 2004-2005 Assessment Results (Technical Report 46) April, 2007
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Item-level Effects of the Read-aloud Accommodation for Students with Reading Disabilities (Synthesis Report 65) September, 2006
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A Summary of Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 2002 Through 2004 (Technical Report 45) September, 2006
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2005 State Policies on Assessment Participation and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (Synthesis Report 64) September, 2006
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A Comparison of IEP/504 Accommodations Under Classroom and Standardized Testing  Conditions: A Preliminary Report on SEELS Data (Synthesis Report 63) September, 2006
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High Stakes Graduation Exams: The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Minnesota’s Basic Standards Tests for Students with Disabilities (Synthesis Report 62) August, 2006
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Using the Think Aloud Method (Cognitive Labs) to Evaluate Test Design for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learner (Technical Report 44) August, 2006
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Effect of Minimum Cell Sizes and Confidence Interval Sizes for Special Education Subgroups on School-Level AYP Determinations (Synthesis Report 61) July, 2006
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Dealing with Flexibility in Assessments for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (Synthesis Report 60) June, 2006
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Uneven Transparency: NCLB Tests Take Precedence in Public Assessment Reporting for Students with Disabilities (Technical Report 43) March, 2006
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Alternate Assessments Measured Against Grade-level Achievement Standards: The Massachusetts "Competency Portfolio" (Synthesis Report 59) January, 2006
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Access Assistants for State Assessments: A Study of State Guidelines for Scribes, Readers, and Sign Language Interpreters (Synthesis Report 58) December, 2005
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One State's Story: Access and Alignment to the GRADE-LEVEL Content for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (Synthesis Report 57) December, 2005
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Considerations for the Development and Review of Universally Designed Assessments (Technical Report 42) November, 2005
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2003 State Policies on Assessment Participation and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (Synthesis Report 56) June, 2005
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Analyzing Results of Large-scale Assessments to Ensure Universal Design (Technical Report 41) July, 2005
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Steady Progress: State Public Reporting Practices for Students with Disabilities after the First Year of NCLB (2002-2003) (Technical Report 40) May, 2005
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Expectations for Students with Cognitive Disabilities: Is the Cup Half Empty or Half Full? Can the Cup Flow Over? (Synthesis Report 55) December, 2004
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Alternative Routes to the Standard Diploma (Synthesis Report 54) March, 2005
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Almost There in Public Reporting of Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities (Technical Report 39) August, 2004
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State Literacy Standards, Practice, and Testing: Exploring Accessibility , (Technical Report 38) May, 2004
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Progress Monitoring in an Inclusive Standards-based Assessment and Accountability System (Synthesis Report 53) February, 2004
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Improving Validity of Large-scale Tests: Universal Design and Student Performance (Technical Report 37) December, 2003
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A National Study on Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities (Technical Report 36) October, 2003
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Washington Alternate Assessment System Technical Report on Standard Setting for the 2002 Portfolio (Synthesis Report 52) October, 2003
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Large-scale Assessment and Accountability Systems: Positive Consequences for Students with Disabilities (Synthesis Report 51) May, 2004
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Measuring Academic Achievement of Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Building Understanding of Alternate Assessment Scoring Criteria (Synthesis Report 50) June, 2003
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Going Public: What 2000-2001 Reports Tell Us About the Performance of Students with Disabilities (Technical Report 35) April, 2003
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Varied Opinions on How to Report Accommodated Test Scores: Findings Based on CTB/McGraw-Hill's Framework for Classifying Accommodations (Synthesis Report 49) April, 2003
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A Summary of Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 1999 through 2001 (Technical Report 34) December, 2002
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Massachusetts: One State's Approach to Setting Performance Levels on the Alternate Assessment (Synthesis Report 48) November 2002
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Are We There Yet? Accountability for the Performance of Students with Disabilities (Technical Report 33) November, 2002
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A Report of a Standard Setting Method for Alternate Assessments for Students with Significant Disabilities (Synthesis Report 47) October, 2002
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2001 State Policies on Assessment Participation and Accommodations (Synthesis Report 46) July, 2002
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Access to Computer-Based Testing for Students with Disabilities (Synthesis Report 45) June, 2002
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Universal Design Applied to Large Scale Assessments (Synthesis Report 44) June, 2002
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Use of Alternate Assessment Results in Reporting and Accountability Systems: Conditions for Use Based on Research and Practice (Synthesis Report 43) May, 2002
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Setting Standards on Alternate Assessments (Synthesis Report 42) April, 2002
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On the Road to Accountability: Reporting Outcomes for Students with Disabilities (Technical Report 32) December, 2001
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Empirical Support for Accommodations Most Often Allowed in State Policy (Synthesis Report 41)  November, 2001
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Principles and Characteristics of Inclusive Assessment and Accountability Systems (Synthesis Report 40) November, 2001
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Read-Aloud Accommodation: Effects on Multiple-Choice Reading and Math Items (Technical Report 31) September, 2001
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Use of Accommodations in State Assessments: What Databases Tell Us About Differential Levels of Use and How to Document the Use of Accommodations (Technical Report 30) August, 2001
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Addressing Standards and Assessments on State IEP Forms (Synthesis Report 38) April, 2001
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Students with Disabilities in Standards-based Assessment and Accountability Systems: Emerging Issues, Strategies, and Recommendations (Synthesis Report 37) February, 2001
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Effects of a Reading Accommodation on the Validity of a Reading Test (Technical Report 28) December, 2000
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Interpreting Trends in the Performance of Special Education Students (Technical Report 27) October, 2000
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Assessment Accommodations Research: Considerations for Design and Analysis (Technical Report 26) December, 2000
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Social Promotion and Students with Disabilities: Issues and Challenges in Developing State Policies (Synthesis Report 34) June, 2000
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Where's Waldo? A Third Search for Students with Disabilities in State Accountability Reports (Technical Report 25) April, 2000
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Neglected Numerators, Drifting Denominators, and Fractured Fractions: Determining Participation Rates for Students with Disabilities in Statewide Assessment Programs (Synthesis Report 23) October, 1996
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