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Formal Assessment Project
In this project you are required to identify a (real) student identified with, or at-risk for a high incidence disability. You will administer a formal assessment as well as informal assessment measures. You will analyze assessment data and make instructional recommendations based on your findings.
Our hope is that the final product of this assignment will look similar to an artifact that would serve as evidence that a teacher or school psychologist would bring to an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meeting and/or a multi-tiered system of support team meeting. The evidence provided in this product will support and justify your instructional decisions, as well as your professional opinions regarding a student’s academic, social, and/or behavioral performance. Finally, the final product will be in a format that can be reviewed by other individuals on the multidisciplinary or IEP team, so they may collaborate on decisions regarding the whole child.
Identify a student who has been identified with, or at-risk for a high incidence disability in your placement to assess.
Determine what formal screening assessment to administer.
Determine what two diagnostic assessment measures you plan to use (From Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures).
You will choose two assessments based on the level of the student and your initial assessment of the student’s needs (see pp. 14-15 in Assessing Reading for a flowchart to determine which assessments to use. If you’re working with postsecondary learners use the 4-12 chart).
Plan how and when you will administer the first assessments.
Administer assessment and collect data.
Analyze the assessment data.
Summarize how the student performed on the assessment (BE SPECIFIC!! Provide statements regarding strengths displayed and area for growth).
Based on your data analysis, formulate a behavioral goal for the student in order to facilitate growth in an area requiring growth. Make sure the goal is written in a way that it will be clear when the student has met the goal (i.e., observable and measurable).
C – Condition
N – Name of Student
B – Observable Behavior
C – Criterion for Goal Completion
Using your goal, list benchmarks you want the student to meet in order to show progress is being made towards the goal.
B – Observable Behavior
Successive approximations towards that behavior
*Write lesson plans (i.e., design instruction) that specifically targets the first benchmark. Note: The lessons plans you include here are the ones from Project #2 – Language Based Lesson Plans.
Teach the lesson plans and document the outcomes.
Following a period of instruction (E.g., one week of targeted lesson plans), re-assess your student to find out if/what progress has been made as a result of your instruction. Collect assessment data. NOTE: For formal assessments this is not enough time to provide reliable data – this is an exercise to teach you the procedures.
Analyze your data. Consider how it compares to the data you collected and analyzed at the beginning of the project (i.e., steps 4 and 5).
Using your findings, determine what criterion was met, if any. If no progress has been demonstrated, develop a hypotheses as to why the student is not progressing. Consider redesigning your instructional strategies and/or supports.
Plan your next step of instruction for the student based on his or her present level of performance.
Write additional lesson plans targeting the student’s new benchmark.
Go through steps 10-15 as many times as necessary to meet the goal formulated in step 7.
Final Product to Include:
Place all of the following materials in a 3-ring binder with dividers.
Section One: Contextual Information
Summary of Student Information.
Length parameters: No more than 1.5 pages, no less than two paragraphs.
Environment Analysis. There is a template that will guide your analysis. Length parameters: No more than1.5 pages, no less than whatever is required to complete the form (i.e., address each of the specified points, even if it is with “Not applicable”).
Section Two: Baseline Data
Write a summary describing (a) the instruments(s) used to assess the student, (b) why the instrument(s) was chosen, (c) technical information about the assessment(s) (e.g., reliability, validity), (d) how cultural bias was minimized by the instrument(s), and possible limitations to the instrument(s).
Raw Data: Baseline data (i.e., data reflecting where the student was performing prior to intervention), progress monitoring data, and final assessment data is to be submitted. Data collection forms, permanent products, and/or observational (anecdotal) data are expected.
Data Analysis: An analysis of your data is to be presented in the form of a summary of findings (you may use a Data Triangulation form and/or a graphical representation (e.g., histogram, pie chart).
Section Three: Intervention
Formulate and write an intervention/instructional goal. The goal is to be written in observable and measurable terms and show direct connection to the overall goal. Include a time frame (i.e., after how many instructional opportunities) for when the benchmark/objective is to be met by the student. Use CNBC format.
Lesson Plan. Present no fewer than three lesson plans designed to each benchmark/objective.
Monitor Progress. Collect data on the outcomes of your lesson plans designed to target instruction on prescribed benchmarks/objectives. Include your data with its corresponding lesson plan.
Section Four: Analysis and Implications
Analyze progress monitoring data.
Summarize your progress monitoring data.
Determine how your instruction has impacted the student’s learning by comparing your intervention data to your baseline assessment data.
Length parameters: No more than 1.5 pages, no less than one paragraph.
Based on your data, delineate what additional steps are necessary for the student to be successful in meeting the overall instructional goal. Does the student require continued targeted instruction? Does the student require a referral to the multidisciplinary team for further evaluation?
Language Based Lesson Plans – Field Based Experience
For this project, we will have workshops in class in which you will develop a broad unit of study to address language needs of students with high incidence disabilities. You will use an individual or group of students with a high incidence disability in language. The lesson plan may be course-based or may be developed as a tutorial for an individual student who needs explicit instruction in one or more of the following areas:
If you have difficulty finding a student in the K-12 environment, you may choose to work with a student through Shippensburg’s Learning Center or support a student who is an English Language Learner.
We will discuss this project in more depth at our class on September 21st.
Scoring Rubric for Final Project
Student Name: _____________________________________
Section One: (10 points)
_____Summary of Student Information (6 points)
_____Information listed included: age, sex, student preferences as observed
_____Environmental Analysis (4 points)
_____Detailed information about the environment (4 points)
Section Two: (50 points)
_____Assessment Administered (12 points)
_____Information about instrument used to assess student (2 points)
_____Discuss why the instrument was chosen (2 points)
_____Describe the technical soundness of instrument (2 points)
_____Discuss how cultural bias was minimized (2 points)
_____Delineate possible limitations (2 points)
_____Raw Data (8 points)
_____At least one scoring sheet (3 points)
_____Additional anecdotal observations and permanent products (5 points)
_____Data Analysis (20 points)
_____Summary of findings (5 points)
_____Used numerical language (5 points)
_____Graphical representation (10 points)
Section Three (60 points)
______Intervention Goal (20 points)
_____Condition (2 points)
_____Name (2 points)
_____Behavior (2 points)
_____Criterion (2 points)
_____Observable (5 points)
_____Measurable (5 points)
_____Benchmarks/Objectives (20 points)
_____Observable (5 points)
_____Measurable (5 points)
_____Direct connection to overall goal is clear to the reader (5 points)
_____Delineated time frame (5 points)
_____Lesson plans (10 points)
_____Three or more plans (1 point)
_____Lesson plans have clear instructional connection to target benchmark (3 points)
_____Materials are listed (3 points)
_____Targeted benchmark is listed (3 points)
_____Progress Monitoring (10 points)
_____Data is collected on all three lesson plans (2 points)
_____Permanent products are included with detailed anecdotal records
_____Data collected is clearly aligned to the benchmark targeted (3 points)
Section Four: (40 points)
____Analysis of Progress Monitoring Data (20 points)
_____Progress monitoring data is summarized using measurable/numerical language (15
_____Intervention data and baseline data is compared (5 points)
_____Implications (20 points)
_____Additional steps are delineated (10 points)
_____Recommendations about student needs are based on data discussed (10 points)
Holistic Assessment: (40 Points)
_____ The holistic assessment includes proper APA citations, grammar and spelling, clarity of presentation (both visually and structurally), and a subjective assessment of the usefulness of the data, lessons, and description. (40 points)
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Final Points (200)__________