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Assessment of Children and Youth with Special Needs, CourseSmart eTextbook, 4th Edition

By Libby G. Cohen, Loraine J. Spenciner

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 19, 2010

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For courses in Assessment in Special Education.


Written in straightforward prose with an accessible tone, the fourth edition has been completely updated and revised, emphasizing contemporary, practical, and authentic classroom assessment approaches and proven techniques for the classroom. Featured case studies reflect today's classrooms and practices, and numerous hands-on strategies and research-based examples are included to solidify the core material for readers.


This text for assessing students with special needs in an educational setting offers future and experienced educators and related professionals a contemporary, easy-to-read understanding of informal and teacher-developed assessment approaches and techniques, as well as descriptions of widely-used tests and measures and contemporary perspectives on assessment.  This edition incorporates best practices and the use of technology in assessment practices, and covers: contemporary, classroom and teacher approaches; research-based practices; formal and informal assessments and testing practices; observation techniques; functional behavioral assessment; curriculum-based assessment; criterion-referenced assessment; performance-based assessments; standardized instruments; contemporary approaches to the assessment of literacy and mathematics; interpreting tests; writing reports; and program evaluation. Readers will be given the most current information on assessment approaches, research-based practices, and federal mandates related to assessment of students with disabilities, ages 3 - 20. Incorporating formal, informal, and performance-based assessment tools, critical topics linked to school-based examples, and more, special education teachers will be exposed to the most prevalent information, knowledge, and skills that they need to know and understand about special education classroom assessment.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foundations of Assessment

1. Understanding Assessment

2. Response to Intervention

3. Assessment Framework

4. Involving Families

Part II Assessment Skills

5. Reliability and Validity

6. Developing Technical Skills

7. Test Interpretation and Report Writing

Part III  Behavior

8. Observing, Interviewing, and Conferencing

9. Behavior (adaptive and problem behaviors)

Part IV Achievement

10. Achievement: Overall Performance

11. Reading

12. Written Language

13. Oral Language

14  Mathematics

15. Performance-based, Authentic, and Portfolio Assessments 

Part IV Special Considerations

16. Cognition

 17. Young Children

18. Transition

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$62.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-705457-2