Moving Your Numbers: Parent/Family Companion Guide: Using Assessment and Accountability to Increase Performance for Students with Disabilities as Part of District-wide Improvement

Part of the Moving Your Numbers series.
Candace Cortiella


A guide, based on the report Moving Your Numbers: Improving Learning for Students with Disabilities as Part of District-wide Reform, providing an in-depth examination of how five school districts with vastly different student populations increased the performance of students with disabilities. While the report was developed primarily for use by those working at the state, school district, and school levels, it provides powerful information that can be used by parents and families interested in working to improve the academic performance of students with disabilities. Because of the very specific requirements of the federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), parents of students with disabilities engage with school personnel frequently via the formulation of their child's Individualized Education Programs and progress reports throughout the year. These parents are in a unique position to recognize, understand, and participate in key practices that improve learning. The findings presented in Moving Your Numbers can help pave the way for parents to become even more effective.


Resource Guide 
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
Council of Chief State School Officers
National Association of State Directors of Special Education


  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Student learning strategies
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Classroom Assessments (Diagnostic, Formative, Interim)