A series of brief reports examining standards, assessment, and accountability issues for students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities.


August 2021
In publication since April 2011
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
Race to the Top Assessment Consortia


  • NCEO Brief: Getting Ready for the 2021-22 School Year: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Testing Children with Disabilities (#26)
  • NCEO Brief: Steps to Equitably Include Deaf Students in Assessments (#25)
  • NCEO Brief: Understanding the Characteristics of English Learners with Disabilities to Meet Their Needs During State and Districtwide Assessments (#24)
  • NCEO Brief: Alternate Interim Assessments for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (#23)
  • NCEO Brief: Interim Assessment Practices for Students with Disabilities (#22)
  • NCEO Brief: Pre-assessment to Plan Instruction for Students with Disabilities During Distance Learning (#21)
  • NCEO Brief: Five Formative Assessment Strategies to Improve Distance Learning Outcomes for Students with Disabilities (#20)
  • NCEO Brief: Considerations for States Providing Materials in Braille (#19)
  • NCEO Brief: Guidance for Examining Disproportionality of Student Group Participation in Alternate Assessments (#18)
  • NCEO Brief: Revisiting Expectations for Students with Disabilities (#17)
  • NCEO Brief: Suggestions for Aligning Alternate Achievement Standards with WIOA (#16)
  • NCEO Brief: Students with Disabilities and Chronic Absenteeism (#15)
  • NCEO Brief: Using Local Assessment Data to Measure Progress Toward the State-Identified Measurable Result (SIMR) (#14)
  • NCEO Brief: Meeting the Needs of ELs with Disabilities in Your State: Making EL Exit Decisions (#13)
  • NCEO Brief: Strategies for Meeting the 1% State-level Cap on Participation in the Alternate Assessment (#12)
  • NCEO Brief: Making Accessibility Decisions for ALL Students (#11)
  • NCEO Brief: Exploring Alternate ELP Assessments for ELLs with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (#10)
  • NCEO Brief: State Assessment Decision-Making Processes for ELLs with Disabilities (#9)
  • NCEO Brief: Participation of ELLs with Disabilities in ELP Assessments (#8)
  • NCEO Brief: Considerations for Consortia as States Transition Away from AA-MAS (#7)
  • NCEO Brief: Including Students with Disabilities in Common Non-Summative Assessments (#6)
  • NCEO Brief: Performance of Special Education Students: Implications for Common State Assessments (#5)
  • NCEO Brief: Understanding Subgroups in Common State Assessments: Special Education Students and ELLs (#4)
  • NCEO Brief: Participation Guidelines for New Assessments: Thinking Through Their Development (#3)
  • NCEO Brief: Developing Common Accommodations Policies Discussion Points for Consortia (#2)
  • NCEO Brief: Don't Forget Accommodations! Five Questions To Ask When Moving to Technology-based Assessments (#1)
  • Topics

    • Educational accountability and assessment
      • Accessibility & Accommodations
        • Accountability
          • Assessment (large-scale, alternate)
          • Specific life stage
            • Adolescents and young adults
              • Children