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The Special Educator's Guide to Assessment
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The Special Educator's Guide to Assessment
A Comprehensive Overview by IDEA Disability Category

First Edition


October 2020 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Special education students often learn about the characteristics of disabilities, but can lack an understanding of the relationship between diagnostic assessment and eligibility for special education services. The Special Educator's Guide to Assessment: A Comprehensive Overview by IDEA Disability Category focuses on the role that assessment plays in the diagnosis of a disability, determination of eligibility for special education services, and education of students with disabilities to provide a meaningful interconnection between assessment concepts and classroom application for teachers.  Authors Tara S. Guerriero, Mary A. Houser, and Vicki A. McGinley want to ensure that future special education teachers have the preparation to provide comprehensive instruction to P-12 students through this text.

While special education teachers are often not the ones conducting comprehensive evaluations, it is paramount that they understand their students’ individual characteristics, and understand how assessment is used to determine diagnosis and eligibility.  Framing the text around The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) provides students with concrete standards by which all disabilities are evaluated and regulated in our public educational system.

Part I introduces the basic topics of assessment, ethics, and assessment types. Part II moves on to provide diagnostic and eligibility criteria according to IDEA categories that are most commonly diagnosed in an educational setting while Part III describes the criteria for IDEA categories most commonly diagnosed in a medical setting. Features like case studies and sample comprehensive evaluations help bring to life assessment and how it applies in real classrooms. 

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I: An Overview of Assessment in Special Education
 
Chapter 1: Introduction to Special Education History, Legislation, and Consideration for Eligibility
Introduction to the Chapter

 
Introduction to Legislation as it relates to Assessment in Special Education

 
Eligibility Criteria for Special Education Services Under IDEA

 
Special Education Services (IEP and IFSP) and Alternative Plans (Section 504 Service Agreement)

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Chapter 2: Introduction to Assessment and Ethical Considerations
Introduction to the Chapter

 
Purposes of Assessment

 
Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

 
Response to Intervention (RTI)

 
Progress Monitoring and Benchmarks

 
Considerations for Students With Emotional, Behavioral, and Social Differences During the Assessment Process

 
Considerations for Students From Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Backgrounds

 
Ethical Considerations Surrounding Assessment

 
The Importance of Communication Between Home and School During the Assessment Process

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Chapter 3: Assessment Types
Introduction to the Chapter

 
Formal and Informal Assessments

 
Norm-Referenced Assessments

 
Criterion-Referenced Assessments

 
Curriculum-Based Assessments

 
Performance-Based and Portfolio Assessments

 
Error Analysis

 
Interview

 
Direct Observation

 
Checklists and Behavior Rating Scales

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Chapter 4: Assessment for Diagnosis and Eligibility: Development and Health
Introduction to the Chapter

 
Intelligence

 
Language

 
Social and Emotional Characteristics

 
Health and Medical Status

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Chapter 5: Assessment for Diagnosis and Eligibility: Academic Achievement and Behavior
Introduction to the Chapter and Connection to Chapter 4

 
Areas of Academic Achievement

 
Behavior

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Part II: Assessment and Diagnosis of Disabilities
 
Chapter 6: Learning Disabilities
Introduction to the Chapter

 
IDEA Definition of Specific Learning Disability

 
Diagnostic Criteria

 
How the Diagnosis Is Made

 
Who Makes the Diagnosis

 
Other Characteristics

 
Case Studies and Extension to Instruction

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Chapter 7: Intellectual Disabilities
Introduction to the Chapter

 
IDEA Definition of Intellectual Disability

 
Diagnostic Criteria

 
How the Diagnosis Is Made/Who Makes the Diagnosis

 
Other Areas to Be Assessed

 
Benefits Available to Those With IDs

 
Extension to Instruction

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Chapter 8: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Introduction to the Chapter

 
IDEA Definition of Autism

 
Diagnostic Criteria and Related Characteristics

 
How the Diagnosis Is Made/Who Makes the Diagnosis

 
Other Areas to Be Assessed

 
The Impact of an ASD Diagnosis on the Family

 
Extension to Instruction

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Chapter 9: Speech or Language Impairment
Introduction to the Chapter

 
IDEA Definition of Speech or Language Impairment

 
Diagnostic Criteria and Related Characteristics

 
How the Diagnosis Is Made/Who Makes the Diagnosis

 
Other Characteristics

 
Assistive Technology

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Chapter 10: Emotional Disturbance
Introduction to the Chapter

 
IDEA Definition of Emotional Disturbance

 
Diagnostic Criteria and Related Characteristics

 
How the Diagnosis Is Made/Who Makes the Diagnosis

 
Other Characteristics

 
Extension to Instruction

 
Chapter Summary

 
Appendix A: Positive Behavior Support Plan

 
 
Part III: Medically Diagnosed Disabilities
 
Chapter 11: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Introduction to the Chapter

 
Types of ADHD

 
IDEA Definition of Other Health Impairment

 
Diagnostic Criteria

 
How the Diagnosis Is Made

 
Who Makes the Diagnosis

 
Other Characteristics

 
Case Studies, Treatment, and Extension to Instruction

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Chapter 12: Sensory Impairments (Including Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Deafness, and Deaf-Blindness)
Introduction to the Chapter

 
Hearing Impairment and Deafness

 
Visual Impairment and Blindness

 
Deaf-Blindness

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
Appendix A: Functional Vision Evaluation for a Child With More Severe Disabilities

 
Appendix B: Assistive Technology Solutions for Students With Visual Impairments

 
 
Chapter 13: Health-Related Disabilities (Including Other Health Impairments, Orthopedic Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Multiple Disabilities)
Introduction to the Chapter

 
Other Health Impairments

 
Orthopedic Impairment

 
Traumatic Brain Injury

 
Multiple Disabilities

 
Section 504 and Health-Related Disabilities

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Part IV: Making Connections between Diagnosis, Eligibility, and Instruction
 
Chapter 14: Making Connections Between Diagnosis, Eligibility, and Instruction
Introduction to the Chapter

 
Analysis and Interpretation of Assessment Results

 
Planning for Special Education Programming

 
Ongoing Assessment

 
Chapter Summary

 
Apply What You Have Learned

 
 
Name Index
 
Subject Index

Supplements

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“This text provides a broad overview of assessment for the disability categories outlined in IDEA.”

Lynn R. Larsen
Brandman University

“The book provides the reader with an understanding of the assessment within the special education process. The book provides a summary and overview of the assessment process. The information provided is useful and valuable to special education practitioners.”

Neria Sebastien Ed.D.
Seattle University
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