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2. Added reference to No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
All children with disabilities are included in all general state and districtwide assessment programs, including assessments described under Section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965,2 with appropriate accommodations and alternate assessments where necessary and as indicated in their respective individualized education programs (IEPs). [612(a)(16)(A) of IDEA]

2For purposes of this document, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is referred to as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended.

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. Why do you think that the Congress felt it was necessary to link IDEA and NCLB?

  2. In what ways are the assessment provisions of IDEA and NCLB complimentary?

  3. What outcomes might be achieved from aligning IDEA and NCLB assessment provisions?

  4. In your mind, what constitutes an appropriate alternate assessment?

  5. What types of information might be helpful to determine which assessments are most appropriate?

Application Questions

  1. How might LEAs be ensured that testing decisions made for a child do not adversely influence school accountability and AYP determination?

  2. What procedures regarding school and district testing might be in place to address the NCLB/IDEA complimentary goals?

  3. Who needs to be involved in writing the new testing procedures and why?

  4. What do parents, teachers, service providers, administrators, and policymakers need to know regarding these testing changes? Is there a difference in the type of information each needs to know?

  5. What does the general community need to know about this provision? Why is it important for them to know?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Washington, DC

    Role: Parent
    Location: Maryland

    Role: Parent
    Location: South Carolina

    Role: Policymaker
    Location: Virginia

    Role: Service provider
    Location: Virginia