NCEO Synthesis Reports: A Perspective on Education and Assessment in Other Nations: Where Are Students with Disabilities? (#19)

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Part of the NCEO Synthesis Reports series.
Judy Elliott, Hyeonsook Shin, Martha L Thurlow, James E Ysseldyke


Findings about the exclusion of students with disabilities in U. S. assessments necessarily lead to questions about the status of students with disabilities in international comparison assessments and in the assessments used in other nations. Are students with disabilities included in these assessments? Are appropriate accommodations used during the assessments? When are "exclusion rates" reported? Do all countries start from the same base of "all" students? The purpose of this 1995 report is to address these kinds of questions. We do this by examining students with disabilities in international comparison studies and in assessments in each of 14 nations, including the U. S., that are among those included in previous or current international comparative studies.

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April 1995 
Number 19
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)


  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Standards and Accountability
    • Students with Disabilities