Handbook of Accessible Achievement Tests for All Students

Bridging the Gaps Between Research, Practice, and Policy

  • Stephen N. Elliott
  • Ryan J. Kettler
  • Peter A. Beddow
  • Alexander Kurz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Stephen N. Elliott, Peter A. Beddow, Alexander Kurz, Ryan J. Kettler
    Pages 1-16
  3. Government Policies and Legal Considerations

  4. Classroom Connections

  5. Test Design and Innovative Practices

About this book


The Handbook of Accessible Achievement Tests for All Students: Bridging the Gaps Between Research, Practice, and Policy presents a wealth of evidence-based solutions designed to move the assessment field beyond “universal” standards and policies toward practices that enhance learning and testing outcomes. Drawing on an extensive research and theoretical base as well as emerging areas of interest, the volume focuses on major policy concerns, instructional considerations, and test design issues, including:

  • The IEP team’s role in sound assessment.
  • The relationships among opportunity to learn, assessment, and learning outcomes.
  • Innovations in computerized testing and the “6D” framework for standard setting.
  • Legal issues in the assessment of special populations.
  • Guidelines for linguistically accessible assessments.
  • Evidence-based methods for making item modifications that increase the validity of inferences from test scores.
  • Strategies for writing clearer test items.
  • Methods for including student input in assessment design.
  • Suggestions for better measurement and tests that are more inclusive.

This Handbook is an essential reference for researchers, practitioners, and graduate students in education and allied disciplines, including child and school psychology, social work, special education, learning and measurement, and education policy.


Accessibility Achievement tests Assessment Classroom learning Cognitive load theories Educational accountability IDEA IEP Inclusive assessment systems Individual education plan Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Instructional accommodations Item modification Item writing research Modified alternate assessment NCLB No Child Left Behind Test design Test preparation Test validity Testing accommodations Universal design

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen N. Elliott
    • 1
  • Ryan J. Kettler
    • 2
  • Peter A. Beddow
    • 3
  • Alexander Kurz
    • 4
  1. 1.Learning Sciences InstituteArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2., Department of Special EducationVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  3. 3., Department of Special EducationVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  4. 4., Department of Special EducationVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9356-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-9355-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9356-4
  • About this book