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Assessing Special Education Students (ASES)

The Assessing Special Education Students (ASES) SCASS supports states enhance their 21st century assessment,  accountability, and curriculum and instruction systems to provide full equity for students with disabilities. As the only national consortium of assessment and special education professionals, ASES addresses the inclusion of students with disabilities in standards, policy development and implementation, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and accountability systems, and the effects of these systems on education reform efforts. Members have a deep commitment to addressing the unique issues facing students with disabilities with participating in general assessments as well as those participating in alternate assessments linked to alternate achievement standards.

During face-to-face and virtual meeting held during the 2014-2015 year, ASES members will engage in:

  • Hot Topic Discussions
    • Test security (particularly in alternate assessments)
    • Results Driven Accountability
    • Graduation Rate Cohorts
    • Evaluating Educator Effectiveness
  • Study Groups
    • College and Career Readiness with attention to literacy and foundational skills for non-readers above grade 5 and integration of academic and career preparation
    • Digital Environments addressing transition to 21st century assessments and tools for instruction and assessment accessibility by students with disabilities
    • Policy and Research including development of annotated national resource bank
  • Collaboration with Other CCSSO SCASSs
    • English Language Learners - addressing identification and exit criteria for English Learners with Disabilities
    • Formative Assessment - developing resources to support ALL teachers working with students with disabilities to become proficient users of formative assessments strategies
    • Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction - identifying instructional practices to broaden access to include students with significant intellectual disabilities
  • Updates from national partners (including the U.S. Department of Education), business partners, assessment consortia representatives, and funded research projects (e.g., Enhanced Assessment Grants, Institute for Educational Sciences projects)
  • Book Reads on Standards-based IEPs

Links to Past Resources:

Advisor: Sandra Hopfengardner Warren

Sandra Warren is the collaborative advisor for the CCSSO ASES SCASS and consults with the SWIFT Center National Leadership Committee and Policy Team (University of Kansas) and CEEDAR Center Policy Framing Advisory Council (University of Florida). Dr. Warren is also on the faculty at East Carolina University where she coordinates the Special Education Master of Arts in Education program.

ASES 14-15 05062015

Business Partners: AIR, CTB/McGraw-Hill, Data Recognition Corporation, ETS, NEA, SRI, and Text Help

Affiliate Members: NCEO, University of Kansas, and WIDA

Contact:Joe Crawfordjoe.crawford@ccsso.org202-312-6436