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Ensuring progress for all, regardless of disability

1Martha L Thurlow web quality photo.jpgRachelQuenemoen1.jpgAll children deserve to learn to their greatest capacity, no matter what barriers they face. The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) is leading educational innovation for students with significant cognitive disabilities through the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC), a network of national centers and 19 states. The U.S. Department of Education awarded $45 million to the four-year partnership, which is being directed by senior research fellow Rachel Quenemoen and NCEO Director Martha Thurlow.

The project draws on research to develop the first fully coordinated system of formative and summative assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). AA-AAS are used to evaluate performance for students unable to participate in general assessments, even with accommodations. The new standards will be combined with curriculum, instruction, and professional development supports.

"We know that development of new academic assessments cannot ensure improved outcomes for students without other high quality educational practices in place," says Quenemoen. "That is why our project will develop not only a system of assessments to accurately reflect what the students have learned, but will also build an integrated system of curriculum and instructional materials and intensive professional development and support to build capacity in our schools to teach these students well."

For more information, see ResearchWorks.

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