Education is an important aspect of the environmental influences on autism, and effective education can have a significant effect on outcome for those on the autism spectrum. This Handbook explores the key concepts, debates and research areas in this dynamic field. Contributions from a wide range of countries and cultures are organised into six key sections: Part 1: Learning Needs and Educational Responses; Part 2: Early Intervention, Education in Core Domains and Family Support; Part 3: School-Based and Academic Education: Access and Support; Part 4: Collaborative Working in Education; Part 5: Education for Life and Barriers to Education; Part 6: Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress. The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education is a definitive resource for researchers, postgraduate students, reflective practitioners and teachers who wish to know and understand current views of the nature of autism, and best practice in educational support.

Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress

Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress

Data collection in education and measurement of progress
Lisa Ruble Wing Hang Wong John McGrew


Data collection and progress monitoring are critical features of evidence-based educational programming. Measurement in education is primarily concerned with operationalizing learning goals that drive teaching plans and progress. In special education, goals are individualized, which poses unique measurement challenges. In the current chapter we will first delineate the importance and nature of measurement in educational settings, and then discuss measures in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their limitations. Lastly, we will discuss the alternative to standardized assessment called idiographic measurement.

Definitions and Background

Data collection, as defined by the U.S. Office of ...

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