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Assessing Special Education Students (ASES)

The Assessing Special Education Students (ASES) SCASS supports states to 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 participating in general assessments, as well as those participating in alternate assessments linked to alternate achievement standards.

During face-to-face and virtual meetings held during the 2016-17 year, ASES members will participate in:

  • Resource development
    • "Every Student Succeeds Act" - resources to enhance capacity of state departments of education to meet ESSA requirements
    • Formative Assessment and Students with Disabilities" - electronic resource presenting evidence-based formative assessment and for students with a wide range of disabilities
    • "Unpacking 21st Century Standards"-electronic resource demonstrating how instruction can integrate standards and relevant life/transition skills through rationale, examples, and vignettes of students with a range of mild, moderate, and significant disabilities
  • Hot Topic discussions and work related to:
    • Obligations of Public Schools to Meet Communication Needs of all Students - IDEA, ADA, and Section 504 Implications
    • Results-Driven Accountability
    • Bridging science and practice in supporting learners with print disabilities
    • Monitoring of Accommodations and Support - mentoring local districts to build monitoring and technical support capacity
    • Peer review
    • Test security (particularly in alternate assessments)
    • Evaluating effectiveness of general & special educators working with learners with disabilities
  • Collaboration with other CCSSO SCASSs
    • English Language Learners - update Accessibility Manual (formerly known as the Accommodations Manuals) and training materialso
    • Formative Assessment - developing electronic resources to support all teachers working with students with disabilities to become proficient users of formative assessment strategies
  • 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)

Links to ASESResources:

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). Dr. Warren is also on the faculty at East Carolina University where she coordinates the Graduate Special Education degree and certificate programs.ASES 16-17 03292017

Business Partners: AIR, ELPA21, Data Recognition Corporation, ETS, Measured Progress, NEA, Questar, Smarter, Text Help, WIDA
Affiliate Members: University of Kansas

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