Determining Appropriate Testing Accommodations: Complying With NCLB and IDEA by ProQuest

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A school administrator The movement toward high-stakes testing and the implementation of testing provisions associated with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) have generated a variety of issues that challenge our educational system (see Figure 1) and evoke strong reactions from educators, family members and students (Ysseldyke et al., 2004). [...] when determining whether a student with a disability should take alternate assessments based on modified academic standards, the MDT should (a) be reasonably certain that, even if significant growth occurs, the student will not achieve grade-level proficiency in the year covering the student's IEP; (b) include goals addressing grade-level content standards in the student's IEP; and (c) use multiple and objective measures to assess the student's achievements including state- and districtwide assessments and classroom assessments (e.g., teacher-made tests).

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