NCEO Participation Communication Toolkit: Communicating about Annual State Assessment Participation for All Students: A Communication Toolkit

Andrew R Hinkle, E. Tardio, Virginia A Ressa, Sheryl Lazarus, Sylvia Kwon, Tiffany Katanyoutanant, Markie McNeilly, Bryan Hemberg, Katherine Nagle, Kristin K Liu PhD, Kathy J Strunk, Martha L Thurlow


This communications toolkit was developed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) to identify and describe reasons why all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities should take state tests. The purpose of the tool is to provide a concise resource that state education agency staff, and district and school administrators can use when communicating with educators, policymakers, families, and students about why it is so important that students participate in state assessments. It also contains materials that Individualized Educational Program (IEP) teams can use when making state test participation decisions for students with disabilities. This toolkit is intended to provide a neutral but useful mechanism to guide positive, thoughtful conversations about student testing participation.


Tool or Toolkit 
Number 13
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)


  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • English Learners with Disabilities
    • Assessment Participation
    • English Learners
    • Students with Disabilities