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PARENT MATERIALS

These materials were identified to augment the Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities. They offer a collection of resources on the same substantive areas addressed in the initial release of the Tool Kit, including assessment, instructional practices, behavior, and accommodations. However, these documents were written specifically for parents and include information they need as they work with schools to ensure that their children are receiving a quality education. These materials provide information that will help parents become active and informed participants in IEP discussions and other decision making meetings that support students with disabilities and their families.

ASSESSMENT ISSUES

Assessment

  • Including Students with Disabilities in State & District Assessments
    National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
    Federal law requires that students with disabilities take part in the large assessments conducted by states and districts. This NICHCY A-Z topics page links readers with overviews of what the law requires, the issues and evidence with respect to including children with disabilities in large-scale assessments, what states are doing, what accommodations students are receiving, and what alternate assessments are being used.
  • All Kids Count
    Federation of Children with Special Needs
    This guide is designed to provide basic guidelines and points of reference for participation in discussions related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in large-scale assessment programs. Examples of accommodations from state assessment policies that may be useful in developing a student's Individualized Education Program or in designing state polices are among the information provided.
  • Participation of Students with Disabilities: Introduction
    National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
    Participation in large-scale assessments is now recognized by many educators and parents as a critical element of equal opportunity and access to education. This short resource from NCEO introduces how this topic applies to students with disabilities.
  • Participation of Students with Disabilities: FAQs
    National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
    NCEO answers seven frequently asked questions on the participation of children with disabilities in large-scale assessments.
  • Putting It All Together
    National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
    This Policy Directions from NCEO provides an overview of the key components of inclusive assessment and accountability and to highlight how they fit together to form a cohesive whole that facilitates the intended benefits of standards-based reform. A list of resources is provided.
  • NCLB and IDEA: What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know and Do
    National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
    The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), respectively, are our nation's general education and special education laws. Together, they provide a framework for the education of students with disabilities, especially with respect to participation in large assessment programs conducted at the state and local levels. This 23-page publication takes a look at what both laws require in this regard, how they align with one another, what parents should know about each, and what they should do with that knowledge.

Alternate Assessment

  • Alternate Assessments for Students with Disabilities: Introduction
    National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
    Alternate assessments are tools used to evaluate the performance of students who are unable to participate in general state assessments even with accommodations. Alternate assessments provide a mechanism for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and for other students who may need alternate assessment formats to be included in the accountability system. This short resource from NCEO introduces the topic.
  • Alternate Assessments for Students with Disabilities: FAQs
    National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
    NCEO answers frequently asked questions on alternate assessments for students with disabilities.

Progress Monitoring

  • Student Progress Monitoring: What This Means for Your Child
    National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
    Student progress monitoring helps teachers evaluate how effective their instruction is, either for individual students or for the entire class. This information brief on the subject talks directly to parents, describing what student progress monitoring is, how the process works in combination with children who have an IEP, and what kind of information parents might expect to receive from the school if the school or their child's teacher decides to implement student progress monitoring.
  • Common Questions for Progress Monitoring (English)
    National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
    This Web site on progress monitoring answers the following common questions: What is progress monitoring? How does progress monitoring work? What are its benefits and challenges? Who should be practicing progress monitoring? Does it have other names?
  • Common Questions for Progress Monitoring (Spanish)
    National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
    This is the Spanish version of Web site on progress monitoring described above. It answers the following common questions: ¿Qué es el monitoreo de progreso? ¿Cómo funciona el monitoreo de progreso? ¿Cuáles son los beneficios del monitoreo de progreso? ¿Quiénes deberían implementar el monitoreo de progreso? ¿A qué desafíos se enfrenta el monitoreo de progreso? ¿Existen otros nombres para el monitoreo de progreso?
  • What is Curriculum-Based Measurement and What Does It Mean to My Child?
    National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
    This online brief gives an overview of curriculum-based measurement (CBM), a method teachers use to find out how students are progressing in basic academic areas such as math, reading, writing, and spelling. It explains how CBM works, what benefits it provides to students, and how their parents can use the results to work more effectively with the school system on their child’s behalf.
  • Curriculum Based Measurement and Statewide Tests
    National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
    Statewide tests are generally given annually to students in elementary, middle, and high schools. This brief discusses the purposes of testing, students with disabilities and testing, and a brief overview of Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM).
  • Monitoring Student Progress in Individualized Educational Programs Using Curriculum-Based Measurement
    National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
    This paper describes curriculum-based measurement in reading and mathematics and provides sample goal statements for each area. In addition, the process by which teachers can examine data and make meaningful decisions about the overall effectiveness of their instruction is described. An RTF version of this document is also available.
  • Determining Adequate Yearly Progress from Kindergarten through Grade 6 with Curriculum-Based Measurement
    National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
    This paper provides a framework for applying one model of student progress monitoring, Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM), to fulfill the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) accountability requirement of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation and how such an approach may be linked to special education accountability. An RTF version of "Determining AYP" is also available.

Response To Intervention

INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES

K-3 Literacy

  • NICHCY Connections...to Literacy
    National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
    This A-Z topics page of NICHCY connects visitors to research-based methods of literacy instruction for students, including those with disabilities. Materials are grouped by: the Research Basics, NCLB (No Child Left Behind) and Reading, Beginning Reading Instruction, Reading with Older Children, and Literacy and Children with Disabilities.
  • Target the Problem
    Reading Rockets
    This Web resource from Reading Rockets is designed to help parents and classroom teachers understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. You'll find practical suggestions on what you (and kids themselves) can do to help students overcome or deal with their reading difficulties.
  • NCLB: Reading Tips for Parents (English)
    U.S. Department of Education
    This publication highlights ways to help your child get ready to read and ready to learn.
  • NCLB: Reading Tips for Parents (Spanish)
    U.S. Department of Education
    Consejos Prácticos para los Padres sobre la Lectura highlights ways to help your child get ready to read and ready to learn.
  • Literacy-Rich Environments
    The Access Center
    This brief provides information on the purpose of a literacy rich environment and important elements that make it effective. Research evidence on classroom materials, the role of the teacher, and the classroom layout are discussed as well.
  • Reading Rockets Family Guide: Giving a Big Boost to a Child You Love
    Reading Rockets
    The colorful bilingual Family Guide includes tips for helping children get the most out of reading as well as pointers on working with schools and teachers, ideas for using the public library, and more. The PDF of the guide above includes both the English and the Spanish versions.

Social Interaction and Communication

Adolescent Literacy

  • Adolescent Literacy
    National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
    This resource explores approaches to improving the literacy skills of adolescents so that they can succeed in content-area classes and enjoy reading.
  • NICHCY Connections...to Literacy
    National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
    This A-Z topics page of NICHCY connects visitors to research-based methods of literacy instruction for students, including those with disabilities. Materials are grouped by: the Research Basics, NCLB (No Child Left Behind) and Reading, Beginning Reading Instruction, Reading with Older Children, and Literacy and Children with Disabilities.

BEHAVIOR

ACCOMMODATIONS

Instructional and Assessment Accommodations