Lessons Learned About Instruction from Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in College and Career Ready Assessments


The new large-scale assessments rolled out by consortia and states are designed to measure student achievement of rigorous college- and career-ready (CCR) standards. Recent surveys of teachers in several states indicate that students with disabilities like many features of the new assessments, but that there also are challenges. Many of these challenges are related to instructional issues that need to be addressed to improve student outcomes. This Brief was prepared to provide information and suggestions for state education agencies (SEAs) and other technical assistance (TA) providers who work with local education agencies (LEAs). It highlights four main challenges identified by the teachers, and then addresses the implications for instruction, the relationship to CCR standards, and the implications for TA providers.


January 2016 
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
National Center on Systemic Improvement


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