Lessons Learned About Assessment 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 adjusted well to the new assessments, and liked many of their features, but that there also are challenges. Some of these challenges are related to assessment issues that need to be addressed to improve accessibility and 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 three main challenges identified by the teachers, and then addresses the implications for assessment and the implications for TA providers.


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


  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Accessibility & Accommodations
    • Students with Disabilities