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Guide Issued on Testing Students With Disabilities

By Christina A. Samuels — May 02, 2006 1 min read

The Department of Education last week released a series of documents for states to help them teach students with disabilities, as well as to accommodate them on state tests.

The “Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities” is posted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

The “Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities” was released April 26 at the annual legislative conference of the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington. The guide is meant to help school, district, and state education personnel.

One document is a “decision framework” that educators drafting individualized education programs can use to determine how students should participate in state tests. Another paper gives a hypothetical example of how “response to intervention,” a method of diagnosing children with specific learning disabilities, might work in a school.

A version of this article appeared in the May 03, 2006 edition of Education Week