Tuesday, January 31, 2006

ETS Accommodating Students with Disabilities on State Assessments conference

Registration information is now available for the ETS sponsored "Accommodating Students with Disabilities on State Assessments: What Works?" conference.

The following was lifted from the web page.
  • Date: March 19, 2006 - March 21, 2006
  • Location: Savannah, Georgia
The No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are examples of legislation that has had a profound impact on the assessment of students with disabilities in K-12 settings. Experts in the field of school testing have been caught between the need to ensure that test scores from assessments are valid and reliable and the need to provide accommodations that improve the accessibility of state assessments.

ETS, the College Board, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Institute for Urban School Improvement are hosting a conference that will provide a forum for practitioners and leading researchers to discuss current issues associated with accommodating students with disabilities on state standards-based assessments.

Be there to learn the latest on the following vital issues:
  • the fairness and validity of test accommodations
  • implementation of test accommodations in K-12 and postsecondary settings
  • use of accommodations in instruction
  • the influence of K-12 assessments on instructional practices
  • helping Individualized Education Program teams make decisions about selecting accommodations
  • legal concerns about accommodating students with disabilities.
Come with questions. Leave with a better sense of how best to provide fair, valid, and accessible assessments to students with disabilities.

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