Alternate Assessments for Special Education Students in the Southwest Region States

This study reviews and summarizes alternate assessment policies and practices—and their implementation and impact—for the most significantly cognitively disabled students, across the five states in the Southwest Region. The states’ alternate assessments address the U.S. Department of Education’s 2003 regulations allowing states to develop alternate standards and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

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This creditably researched, clearly conceptualized, and lucidly written study analyzes how and in what ways five southwestern states are addressing the U.S. Department of Education’s 2003 regulations to assess special education students. This study focuses on important research questions in a field with very limited information.