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SPE-344-20, Assessment in Special Education (SP15)

INSTRUCTOR: Dawn M. Jacobs, Ph.D

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Wednesday/6pm-8:20pm, 01/28/2015-04/22/2015

CONTENT:      

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to select, administer and interpret a variety of assessment measures used in the field of special education. This course will also provide the student with an understanding of the legal, cultural and historical context of assessment in special education. Instructional applications, professional practice standards and current issues will also be addressed.   

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. To demonstrate understanding of the specialized terminology used in the assessment of individuals with disabilities.(CEC 8, INTASC 8, EDO 5)

2. To demonstrate knowledge of the laws and policies regarding referral and placement procedures for individuals with disabilities. (CEC 1, 8, INTASC 8, EDO 4)

3. To understand the role of assessment in screening, intervention, referral and identification procedures used to determine eligibility for special education   services. (CEC 8, INTASC 8, EDO 4, 5)

4. To administer nonbiased formal and informal assessments. (CEC 8, INTASC 8, EDO 5)

5. Use technology to conduct assessments. (CEC 8, INTASC 8, EDO 7)

6. To interpret information from formal and informal assessments. (CEC 8, INTASC 8, EDO 5)

7. Use assessment information in making instructional recommendations and developing IEPs for individuals with special needs, including those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.  (CEC 3, 8, INTASC 8, EDO 3, 5)

8. Practice within the CEC Code of Ethics and other standards of the profession. (CEC 8, 9, INTASC 8, EDO 5, 8)

METHODS: 

Modeling

Peer-based Activities

Media Tools (visual support)

Discussion

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Attendance and Participation* - 15

RTI  Position Paper - 15           

Interview  or Assess. Report  Review - 12

Special Topics  Presentation - 14

Performance Assessment /e-portfolio - 44

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

Overton, T. (2012).  Assessing Learners with Special Needs: An Applied Approach (7th ed).Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

N/A

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Chapters 1, 2, 5 of Overton Text