Child Assessment

School Readiness and the Assessment of Children with Disabilities

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler, ECO at SRI

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

This session was presented at the Child Care Policy Research Consortium Meeting in Washington DC. The presentation focuses on assessment issues for young children with disabilites, including features and purposes of various types of assessment.

Resources for Increasing Child Development Knowledge

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Mary Beth Bruder (ECO at Univ of Connecticut), Christine Giddings (Univ of Connecticut), Melinda Raab (Orlena Hawks Puckett Institute), and Beth Tolley (VA Part C)

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2008 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Presenters discussed the need for and availability of supports and resources in child development to help service providers identify children's developmental status in relation to their same age peers. Beth Tolley demonstrated the use of an on-line resource for determining the status of infant and toddler development In relation to the three child outcomes. Mary Beth Bruder, Christine Giddings, and Melinda Raab discussed the use of an on-line training course for early interventionists, including child development modules related to outcomes measurement.

Local Assessment Practices: Challenges and Decisions

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Marcella Franczkowski and Thomas Stengel (MD Part C), Phyllis Mondak (VA 619), and Sharon Ringwalt (NECTAC and RRCP NC)

Year: 
2010
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2010 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Good child outcomes data depend on good assessment practices. What tools and methods should local programs use to provide quality assessment and outcomes data? This discussion included guidance States can provide to improve local assessment practices. Two States shared the challenges and decisions they are addressing in their Part C and 619 programs.

Assessment and Accountability for Programs Serving Young Children with Disabilities

Type: 
Paper/Report
Author/Presenter: 

Hebbeler, K., Barton, L.R., & Mallik, S. (2008). Assessment and accountability for programs serving young children with disabilities. Exceptionality, 16, 48-63.

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

This article reviews issues related to the use of assessments in providing outcome data, discusses challenges in conducting valid assessments with young children for accountability purposes, and outlines decisions states must make related to assessment as they design and implement outcome measurement approaches. Considerations related to the use of standardized or curriculum-based measures are discussed, along with other choices related to the use of assessment for accountability.

Accountability for Services for Young Children with Disabilities and the Assessment of Meaningful Outcomes: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist

Type: 
Paper/Report
Author/Presenter: 

Hebbeler, K. & Rooney, R. (2009). Accountability for services for young children with disabilities and the assessment of meaningful outcomes: The role of the speech-language pathologist. Language, Speech, and Hearing in Schools, 40, 446- 456.

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

This article describes the federal accountability requirements related to young children with disabilities and the contribution of the speech-language pathologist (SLP) to provide these data through the use of authentic, functional assessments. The article summarizes recent state and federal developments related to assessment for accountability and draws on the recommendations of national organizations to underscore the importance of high-quality assessment for guiding practice and for documenting child outcomes for accountability. The widespread use of recommended practices for assessment will provide children, families, and practitioners, including SLPs, with the highest quality assessment information while providing states and the federal government with much-needed valid data on child outcomes for accountability purposes.

Issues in Using Assessments in Accountability Systems for Young Children with Disabilities

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler, ECO at SRI 

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the OSEP Think Tank on Assessment. The ECO Center provided an overview of the changes in the federal reporting requirements for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities, and discussed ways in which assessments can be used to provide meaningful, valid, and reliable information about children for federal reporting.

Including Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities in KEAs

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Presentation at the State Kindergarten Entry/Assessment (KEA) Conference, San Antonio, TX. 

How do you get functional information across settings and situations when providers don't see the children much?

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Barb Jackson and Jan Thelan (NE Birth-5)

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

In this facilitated discussion from the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes conference, presenters discussed how providers must assess child progress across the three functional outcomes. To do so, they must know how the child is functioning across situations and settings. Yet many providers have minimal contact with the children on their caseload. What are strategies for getting the information they need for outcomes measurement and reporting?

Fitting a Circle into a Square Space: Finding Alignment between Assessment Measures, State Guidelines, and Outcomes

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Jim Lesko (DE 619)

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2008 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference. 

A combination presentation-working discussion session focused on aligning state early learning guidelines and assessment measures with OSEP outcomes. Bringing these elements into alignment strengthens intervention/assessment practices and can support efforts to better manage the overall process. Participants explored how one state brought these three elements into alignment. Participants worked through a hands-on activity to understand the alignment process and come away with a usable framework.

Experiences and Lessons Learned Using Publishers' Online Assessment Systems for OSEP Reporting

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Barb Jackson and Jan Thelan (NE Birth-5) and Ruth Littlefield (NH 619)

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

The focus of this session was on sharing the experiences and lessons learned from two states gathering child outcomes data for OSEP reporting using publishers' online assessment systems.

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