Volume 23, Issue 4 (1994)
School District Testing Policies and Students With Disabilities: A National Survey
Madhavi Jayanthi, William Bursuck, Deborah M. Havekost, Michael H. Epstein, Edward A. Polloway
This study sought to survey the testing policies of local school districts nationwide. Specifically, the objectives of this study were to (a) determine if school districts have policies concerning standardized and nonstandardized testing, (b) identify the specific features of these testing policies, and (c) discern if these policies include provisions for students with disabilities. A survey was sent to 550 school districts nationwide selected through stratified random sampling. The return rate was 38.9% (N = 214). Of the 214 school districts responding, 58.9% (N = 128) had a policy on standardized testing, while 22% (N = 47) had a policy on nonstandardized testing. In addition, 66.5% of school districts and 55.6% of school districts had policies requiring some type of accommodations for students with disabilities in the administration of standardized tests and nonstandardized tests. Other results of the study, limitations of the study, and future research needs are discussed.
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