Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

2013 Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

Nonstandard Assessment

  • Louise Spear-SwerlingEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1698-3_1770


A nonstandard assessment is one that does not rely on a standardized test, often because the student being evaluated does not fit the normative sample for the test. For example, if a student is an English language learner, ideally he or she should be assessed using a standardized test developed and normed on a population speaking the same native language as the student. However, for some languages, such tests may simply not be available. In this situation, an examiner might need to rely primarily on nonstandard assessment procedures such as observations of the student’s language use in multiple settings and information from the family about the student’s past language development and current language functioning.

The term nonstandard assessmentalso is sometimes used to describe accommodations of standard testing conditions for students with disabilities; these nonstandard assessment accommodations are intended to “level the playing field” for the student without altering...

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References and Readings

  1. American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, & National Council on Measurement and Evaluation. (1999). Standards for educational and psychological testing. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.Google Scholar
  2. Salvia, J., Ysseldyke, J., & Bolt, S. (2009). Assessment in special and inclusive education. Belmont CA: Wadsworth.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southern Connecticut State UniversityNew HavenUSA