Assessment is an essential component of educating and supporting students with disabilities and gathering assessment data from multiple sources (i.e., informal and formal) helps educators in identifying the individual strengths and needs of each student. Educators use assessment for a variety of purposes including individual student IEP development, designing and evaluating instruction and monitoring student progress. Context, culture, and linguistic factors are important considerations when selecting and using assessment with students with disabilities in order to best minimize the potential for disproportionate representation of particular student groups in identification for special education, discipline and specific disability categories.
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The CDE Published CA Practitioners' Guide for Educating English Learners with Disabilities Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been extracted from the CA Practitioners' Guide and are easily accessible via the Imperial County SELPA content-lead website.
California Department of Education Resource. The CDE Assessment Accessibility Resources Matrix displays the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations (embedded & non-embedded) allowed as part of the CAASPP System.
CA Department of Education Resource. The CDE ELPAC Administration Student Accessibility Checklist Form supports teams to determine which resources, testing conditions, or combinations of tools & resources will best ensure that the ELPAC is accessible to the EL student. This checklist is a useful resource for teams to engage in student centered discussion to determine the individual needs of the student, and select which accessibility resources by ELPAC domain are necessary and/or engage in discussions for considerations for Domain Exemptions for students with disabilities with an IEP or 504 Plan, or engage in discussion for considerations for the administration of the Alternate ELPAC.
Infographic Overview of Chapter 1. Students with Disabilities who may be Identified as English Learners. The Imperial County SELPA has taken the each chapter of the CDE published CA Practitioners' Guide for Educating English Learners with Disabilities and created a series of chapter-by-chapter infographics which provide an overview of the chapter to include hyperlinks to pertinent sections of the chapter, supporting resources, and citations from the CA Practitioners' Guide, CA Education Code, and reference to the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Chapter by chapter infographics can also be downloaded in 'block' formats for use as training slides/presentation materials. All chapter by chapter infographics can be accessed via the Imperial County SELPA website: https://www.icoe.org/selpa/el-swd/resources/infographics-resource-guides
The BASICS Tool features two great components to support LEA and SELPAs. The first component is the BASIC Infrastructure Assessment Tool. The BASICS infrastructure Assessment tool identifies six basic, or foundational, components for the kind of infrastructure needed in order to have a well-functioning special education program. It also provides a tool for examining the degree to which these components are in place in your system. The results of that examination can help you decide where best to start system improvement efforts. The second component of the BASICS tool is the IEP Data Visualization Tool, this tool works with your SEDS (Special Education Data System) generated reports to create data visualizations for IEP overdue ELIGIBILITY EVALUATIONS or overdue NEXT EVALUATION PLAN REVIEWS.