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Assessment & Accommodation

Classroom  Read our suggestions for modifying assessments, and discover new techniques to improve your knowledge of your students. Also find practical accommodations that can be made in most classrooms. These practices will help you include all of your students in classroom discussion, a primary goal for successful teachers.

Assessment Accommodation

Alternative Assessment

 

Resources on Assessment Accommodation by the Council for Exceptional Children

Making Assessment Accommodations: A Toolkit for Educators
Use as a training resource or for information sessions to learn about the accommodations useful to assist students through state and district wide assessments. The video features students in test settings, as well as teachers, parents, and administrators explaining what accommodations are available.

Standards Reference Master This CD-ROM features Standards and Benchmarks for 33 States and McREL's Content Knowledge. More than just a text browser, this powerful infoBASE allows you to personalize standards and benchmark content through program features such as creating shadow files, highlighting, full-text editing, and more.

Testing Students with Disabilities: Practical Strategies for Complying With District and State Requirements
Martha L. Thurlow, Judy L. Elliott, and James E. Ysseldyke
This guide explains how to decide which tests students with disabilities should take; what assessment accommodations are, their purpose, and who is eligible for them; how to ensure that any assessments used locally are comparable to state standards; and how to blend the assessment process with the student's IEP.

Teaching Test-taking Skills: Helping Students Show What They Know
Thomas E. Scruggs and Margo A. Mastropieri
Classroom teachers, resource teachers, and parents can help students "show what they know" by training them in test-taking skills. Not to be confused with teaching to the test, test-taking skills training involves teaching the student to deal with test format and his or her own approach to taking tests. This book gives strategies for taking both standardized and classroom tests, and presents a curriculum and sample lesson plans.

Highlights

Back to School Headquarters
August is Back to School Month and many of you will be returning to the classroom very soon. Feeling unprepared? We have you covered! Check out our very best resources and advice for New Teachers (applicable for the new and experienced), as well as Bulletin Board ideas, Icebreakers, Open House materials, and general Classroom Management tips for a successful new school year.

Special Offers for Teachers Newsletter
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August Calendar of Events
August is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Friendship Day (8/2), President Obama's Birthday (8/4/1961), Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Birthday (8/5/1930), International Art Appreciation Day (8/9), International Youth Day (8/12), Aviation Day (8/19), Tooth Fairy Day (8/22), International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade & Its Abolition (8/23), and Women's Equality Day (8/26). Plus, celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month all August long!

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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