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Assessing, Testing, and Grading Your Students
Assessing, Testing, and Grading Your Students

How do teachers assess what students know? Students with disabilities are no longer out of the accountability loop but expected to achieve the same curriculum standards as their peers without disabilities. The vast majority of students with individualized education programs (IEPs) are legislatively mandated to take the same standardized tests as their classmates, unless it can be shown that even with accommodations and modifications, the test is not appropriate. Tests need to be both reliable (giving stable and consistent results when repeated) and valid (meaningfully assessing what they claim to measure). Tests are also just one type of assessment, with many other curriculum-based assessments also yielding valuable instructional knowledge. Grading is the hardest ...

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