Special Education Assessment: Issues and Strategies Affecting Today's Classrooms by Effie P. KritikosSpecial Education Assessment: Issues and Strategies Affecting Today's Classrooms by Effie P. Kritikos

Special Education Assessment: Issues and Strategies Affecting Today's Classrooms

byEffie P. Kritikos

Paperback | February 6, 2009

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Making clear connections between assessment and instruction that so many similar texts lack, this first edition special education assessment textbook uses current research and standards-based assessment material grounded in field-based case studies to highlight the contemporary issues affecting students in classrooms today.


With a strong emphasis on diversity, this robust and practical book offers current teachers and pre-service teachers alike an eye-opening and clear exploration of current formal and informal assessment tool analysis with respect to accommodations, modifications, legal and technology matters. Real-life case studies are incorporated into each chapter, helping readers to hone their decision-making skills and to understand how the chapter material relates to practical applications. At the same time, break point practices, illustrations of assessment tools, and website references provide students with multiple opportunities for self-assessment, higher-level analysis and classroom applications.

Dr. Effie Papoutsis Kritikos is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University, where she has taught for ten years.  She is multi-certified in various areas of special education, including speech-language pathology. Dr. Kritikos has written, reviewed and presented numerous papers for ...
Title:Special Education Assessment: Issues and Strategies Affecting Today's ClassroomsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.9 × 8 × 0.7 inPublished:February 6, 2009Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0131700642

ISBN - 13:9780131700642

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1    Understanding Special Education Assessment and Its Legal Requirements

Key Terms

Assessing Sandy

Chapter Objectives

History of Federal Legislation

Assessment and the Law

Types of Assessment

Multicultural Considerations

Chapter 2    Reliability and Validity

Key Terms

Case Study

Chapter Objectives

Correlation Coefficients

Reliability Types

Validity Types

Chapter 3    Norms and Test Scores

Key Terms

Case Study

Chapter Objectives

Standardized Assessment


Chapter 4    Curriculum-Based Assessment and Informal Assessment

Key Terms

Case Study

Chapter Objectives

Defining Curriculum-Based Assessment

Defining Curriculum-Based Measurement

Defining Informal Assessment

Multicultural Considerations

Revisiting Paul




Chapter 5    Behavioral Assessment

Key Terms

Assessing Dion

Chapter Objectives

Defining Behavior

Measures of Behavior

Multicultural Considerations

Re-Assessing Dion

Chapter 6    Cognitive Assessment

Key Terms

Assessing Jenny

Chapter Objectives

Defining Cognition

Theories of Intelligence

Multicultural Considerations

Revisiting Jenny

Chapter 7    Adaptive Skills

Key Terms

Assessing Sam

Chapter Objectives

Definition of Adaptive Behavior

Measures of Adaptive Behavior

Functional Curriculum

Multicultural Considerations

Revisiting Sam

Chapter 8    Achievement

Key Terms

Case Study

Chapter Objectives

Defining Achievement

Measures of Achievement

Multicultural Considerations

Revisiting Nathaniel

Chapter 9    Receptive and Expressive Language

Key Terms

Assessing Joseph


Definitions of Receptive and Expressive Language

Nonlinguistic Communicators

Linguistic Communicators

Informal Measures

Cultural and Linguistic Considerations

Re-Assessing Joseph





Chapter 10    Early Childhood

Key Terms

Assessing Missy

Chapter Objectives

Defining Early Childhood

Including Families

Multicultural Considerations

Chapter 11    Assessing Students with Visual, Motor and/or Hearing Disabilities

Key Terms

Assessing Dale

Chapter Objectives

Defining Assessment of Visual, Motor and/or Hearing Disabilities

Assessment of Students with Visual Impairment

Motor Assessment

Hearing Assessment

Assistive Technologies

Multicultural Considerations

Re-Assessing Dale

Chapter 12    Transition

Key Terms

Assessing Tony

Chapter Objectives

Defining Transition

Transition Assessment Tools

Postsecondary Preparation

Multicultural Considerations

Re-Assessing Tony




Chapter 13    Interpreting Tests and Reports

Key Terms

Assessing Nicholas

Chapter Objectives

Components of the Evaluation Report

Comparisons with Other Students

Communicating Results

Linking Assessment and Instruction

Multicultural Considerations

Revisiting Nicholas