Assessing Learners with Special Needs: An Applied Approach, 8th edition

Published by Pearson (February 16, 2015) © 2016

  • Terry Overton University of Texas - Brownsville

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    • Course Progress Monitoring Activities. At the end of each section, a pop-up assessment allows students to monitor their progress as they master the material presented. (See pages 55, 110, and 313 for examples.)
    • Pre-test. A pre-test in Chapter 1, which includes feedback, helps assess understanding of course material at the outset. (See page 3.)

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Additional text features include:

  • NEW! Chapter 4: This chapter includes a discussion of reliability and validity issues of test accommodations and alternative assessments.
  • NEW: Updated coverage of tests that have been revised since the publication of the last edition of the text.
  • Each chapter of this edition contains the following special features to help facilitate a better understanding of content.
    • Chapter Outcomes: Each chapter begins with Chapter Outcomes to serve as an advance organizer to help prepare readers for the expectations for learning in the chapter.
    • Test Review Tables: These tables in Part 3 summarize the assessment instruments covered in their respective chapters.
    • Chapter Summary: The summary provides an overview of the learning outcomes covered in the chapter.

Invigorate learning with the Enhanced Pearson eText

The Enhanced Pearson eText provides a rich, interactive learning environment designed to improve student mastery of content with the following multimedia features:

  • Embedded videos. These point-of-use videos illustrate various assessment techniques and strategies in context. (See pages 40, 92, and 137 for examples.)
  • Check Your Understanding of chapter content. Exercises matched to chapter learning outcomes help readers apply the concepts and ensure that they master the learning outcomes. Exercises and suggested feedback are provided in the Pearson eText. (See pages 91, 124, and 134 for examples.)
  • Interactive:
    • Chapter Quizzes. At the end of each chapter, a pop-up multiple-choice quiz assesses students’ understanding of chapter content. (See pages 26, 110, and 313 for examples.)
    • Course Progress Monitoring Activities. At the end of each section, a pop-up assessment allows students to monitor their progress as they master the material presented. (See pages 55, 110, and 313 for examples.)
    • Pre-test. A pre-test in Chapter 1, which includes feedback, helps assess understanding of course material at the outset. (See page 3.)

Students can experience the advantages of the Enhanced Pearson eText along with all the benefits of print for 40% to 50% less than a print bound book! Instructors, visit pearsonhighered.com/etextbooks to register for your digital examination copy. Students, register for or purchase your eText at pearsonhighered.com/etextbooks.

Key content changes include:

  • NEW! Chapter 4: This chapter includes a discussion of reliability and validity issues of test accommodations and alternative assessments.
  • NEW: Updated coverage of tests that have been revised since the publication of the last edition of the text.

Brief Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Assessment 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Laws, Ethics, and Issues

Part II: Technical Prerequisites of Understanding Assessment

  1. Descriptive Statistics
  2. Reliability and Validity
  3. An Introduction to Norm-Referenced Assessment

Part III: Assessing Students

  1. Curriculum-Based Assessment and Other Informal Measures
  2. Response to Intervention and Progress Monitoring
  3. Academic Assessment
  4. Assessment of Behavior
  5. Measures of Intelligence and Adaptive Behavior
  6. Special Considerations of Assessment in Early Childhood
  7. Special Considerations of Transition

Part IV: Interpretation of Assessment Results

  1. Interpreting Assessment for Educational Intervention

Glossary

References

Name Index

Subject Index

Terry Overton has experience as a special education classroom teacher, educational diagnostician, and consults with school districts regularly as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She conducts research in the area of autism spectrum disorders and assessment and she continues to provide professional development to school districts to assist with the implementation of RTI models.

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