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Formal and Informal Assessment of Adolescents with Disabilities

This course is designed to develop an understanding of formal and informal assessment techniques used to identify the learning needs of adolescents with disabilities. Students will become familiar with commonly used psychological and achievement tests as well as understand the need for adaptive measures during the evaluation process. The emphasis is on how to use both formal and informal assessment data to develop instructional plans to meet the unique needs of adolescents with a range of abilities and challenges. The historical as well as current legal and ethical considerations, appropriate practices and limitations when working with students of diverse backgrounds and their families will be a theme throughout the course. Topics such as student self-assessment, vocational assessement, exit portfolios, alternative assessment, transition planning and wraparound services will be discussed with a focus on advocacy and equity. (Pending approval of the Curriculum Committee.)