Alternate Assessment: Teacher and State Experiences

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

Has alternate assessment helped revamp special education services and practice for students with significant cognitive impairments? The following paper includes true stories from teachers and state level staff who have seen improvements in both the education system and lives of individuals with significant cognitive impairments. While challenges exist with alternate assessment, these stories support emerging research in demonstrating the positive effects it can have on attitudes, practices and student outcomes.

This resource is a part of the Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities (2004, archived)