Assessment and Accommodations

by Stephen D. Luke, Ed.D., & Amanda Schwartz, Ph.D.Evidence for Education, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2007 Resources updated, October 2010Download PDFTable of Contents Introduction The Big Picture: Expectations, Content, and Testing Deciding Which Accommodations a Student Needs Types of Accommodations What Does the Research Say? What About Alternate Assessments? The Value of Progress Monitoring Conclusion References The world is full of examples of accommodations … [Read more...]

Response To Intervention (RTI)

Updated August 2012 | Links checked May 2013 Response to intervention—hereafter referred to as RTI—is a recent addition to our nation's special education law and our nation's schools. RTI is a process that schools can use to help children who are struggling academically or behaviorally. One of its underlying premises is the possibility that a child's struggles may be due to inadequacies in instruction or in the curriculum either in use at the … [Read more...]

RTI: The importance of progress monitoring

Progress monitoring is used to assess a child's academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. In other words, it tells the teacher what a child has learned and what still needs to be taught. Progress monitoring is an essential component of RTI (response to intervention).  With RTI, schools should closely monitor student progress, measure the responsiveness to instruction, and adjust the required intensity of instruction and … [Read more...]

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