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January 2006

From the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER)

Alternative Assessments for Students With Disabilities

SRI International was recently awarded a four-year, $4.4 million contract to conduct a national study of alternate assessments used to permit some students with disabilities to participate in state and local testing programs. Among other things, the study will examine:

SRI will produce profiles for all 50 states and nine "unique states," plus a national summary profile. Study partners: The University of Maryland's Educational Policy Reform Research Institute, the University of Minnesota's National Center on Educational Outcomes, and Policy Studies Associates. For more information, contact David Malouf.

For an overview of other efforts under way to fund the improvement of assessments, assist teachers with instruction, and support research on the assessment of students with disabilities who are held to alternate and modified achievement standards, go to