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Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities An Educator's Guide By Harold L. Kleinert, Ed.D., & Jacqui Farmer Kearns, Ed

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This is the guidebook every team should have—not only to develop successful AA-AAS linked with grade-level content standards, but also to ensure the kind of quality instruction that leads to higher achievement.

The follow-up to Kleinert and Kearns's pioneering Alternate Assessment, this cutting-edge book synthesizes current research on AA-AAS and gives education professionals strategies for implementing assessments and improving instruction. With a strong focus on practical classroom application, the expert authors show readers how to

  • understand the key principles of alternate assessment, including validity, technical quality, and content standards

  • align instruction with assessment across major academic content areas: reading, math, science, and social studies

  • implement a clear four-step process to improve student access to the general curriculum

  • use multiple measures to ensure that assessments accurately reflect students' abilities

  • link IEPs with grade-level content standards

  • teach relevant functional and life skills within grade level content

  • build students' communicative competence to improve their educational outcomes

  • educate families about the purpose and content of alternate assessments

  • decode the federal mandates for alternate assessments and the most recent regulations

  • see how alternate assessment works in the context of a school's broader accountability system

To help educators ensure a high-quality inclusive education for students with disabilities, the authors include detailed, step-by-step examples of modified lessons in math, reading, science, and social studies. Readers will see how instruction and assessment can be adapted for students of all ages with a wide range of abilities and communication needs.

The definitive resource on AA-AAS—and an essential supplementary text for future general and special educators—this book will make alternate assessment meaningful and lead the way to higher academic achievement for students with significant disabilities.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Daniel J. Wiener

I. An Overview of Alternate Assessment

1. An Introduction to Alternate Assessments: Historical Foundations, Essential Parameters, and Guiding Principles
Harold L. Kleinert, Rachel Quenemoen, & Martha Thurlow

2. Principles and Practices for Achievement Assessments in School Accountability Systems
Jacqui Farmer Kearns

3. Students in the AA-AAS and the Importance of Communicative Competence
Jane O'Regan Kleinert, Jacqui Farmer Kearns, & Harold L. Kleinert

4. Aligning Curriculum with Grade-Specific Content Standards: Using Eight Criteria to Create Access
Shawnee Y. Wakeman, Diane M. Browder, Bree A. Jimenez, & Pamela J. Mims

II. Teaching and Assessing Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

5. Ensuring Access: A Four-Step Process for Accessing the General Curriculum
Michael Burdge, Jean Clayton, Anne Denham, & Karin K. Hess

6. Reading Instruction and Assessment Linked to Grade-Level Standards
Lynn Ahlgrim-Delzell, Robert J. Rickelman, & Jean Clayton

7. Math Instruction and Assessment Linked to Grade-Level Standards
Lou-Ann Land, David K. Pugalee, Anne Denham, & Harold L. Kleinert

8. Science Instruction and Assessment Linked to Grade Level Standards
Ginevra Courtade, Deborah A. Taub, & Michael Burdge

9. Social Studies and the Arts Instruction and Assessment Linked to Grade-Level Standards
Karen M. Guettler, Jacqueline M. Norman, James Zeller, & Mariel L. Zeller

III. Enhancing Student Outcomes: The Role of Students and Families, and Directions for Future Research

10. Embedding Life Skills, Self-Determination, and Enhancing Social Relationships and Other Evidence-Based Practices
Harold L. Kleinert, Belva C. Collins, Donna Wickham, Leah Riggs, & Karen D. Hager

11. Alternate Assessments, Families, and the Individualized Education Program
Jacqui Farmer Kearns & Rachel Quenemoen

12. What We Have Learned from Alternate Assessment Research and What We Still Need to Know
Harold L. Kleinert & Elizabeth Towles-Reeves

Appendix: Blank Forms


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