Assessment of Children and Youth with Special Needs (3rd Edition)

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The Third Edition provides up-to-date information on assessment approaches, research-based practices, and federal mandates related to assessment of students with disabilities, ages 3 - 20. Incorporating formal, informal, and performance-based assessment tools, critical topics are linked to school-based examples.

Assessment of Children and Youth offers future and experienced educators and other professionals a fundamental understanding of widely used tests and measures and contemporary perspectives on assessment.  Each chapter contains an “Overview” section which discusses theories, perspectives, and con­ceptual frameworks.  Throughout the chapters, the reader will find references to the knowledge and skills that beginning special education teachers need to know about assessment. 

This edition incorporates best practices and use of technology in assessment practices.  Major topics covered include: IDEA 2004, No Child Left Behind, research-based practices, formal and informal assessments and testing practices, observation techniques, functional behavioral assessment, curriculum-based assessment, criterion-referenced assessment, performance-based assessments, standardized instruments, contemporary approaches to the assessment of literacy and mathematics, interpreting tests, writing reports, and program evaluation.

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The Third Edition provides up-to-date information on assessment approaches, research-based practices, and federal mandates related to assessment of students with disabilities, ages 3 - 20. Incorporating formal, informal, and performance-based assessment tools, critical topics are linked to school-based examples.

Highlights of the Third Edition:

  • “How It Works!” features provide an in-depth look at effective classroom assessment practices.
  • “Research-based Practices” features in most chapters describe current findings and applications to assessment practices.
  • Using accommodations, modifications, and assistive technology in assessing students with disabilities.
  • Updated coverage of changes to federal legislation including IDEA, response to intervention, and NCLB mandates.
  • Techniques that will prepare and train students in the assessment of assistive technology needs.
  • In-depth coverage of how to use curriculum-based assessments.
  • Coverage of test interpretation and report writing (chapter 7)
  • An assessment framework that will improve students’ abilities to apply the tools discussed throughout the text (chapter 2).
  • Extensive examples and case studies throughout the chapters connect content with best practices.
  • Chapter 17 on transition assessment has been completely revised and updated.
  • Margin notes highlight CEC standards that correspond to adjacent text discussion.

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Dr. Loraine J. Spenciner is a Professor of Special Education and Chairperson of the Division of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services at the University of Maine Farmington. Before becoming a university professor, Loraine was a classroom teacher and later a statewide consultant in special education and early childhood special education. She has conducted numerous workshops and consulted in schools in the United States, in Russia, and in Southeast Asia including Singapore, Indonesia, and China. Currently Loraine teaches assessment courses for undergraduate and graduate special education majors. She consults with school districts and early childhood services. She conducts trainings for parents and school personnel on a variety of topics including classroom assessment, observations, universal design, and assistive technology. She is passionate about her work with teachers today and with students who wish to be our teachers of tomorrow. Dr. Libby G. Cohen is Professor Emerita at the University of Southern Maine. She is passionate about supporting teachers and educating children and youth with disabilities. Dr. Cohen has taught in the U.S. and many countries, worldwide. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and publications and been on the editorial board of several journals.

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