In light of the current national movement toward more rigorous and higher academic expectations for all students, four multistate consortia have been developing next-generation assessment systems that are intended to prepare all students for college and career readiness, including students in special education programs.
The Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) leads one of the consortia, the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortium (DLM), which is creating a comprehensive assessment system for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
DLM is developing a learning map, a type of cognitive learning model, to support the development of instructionally embedded and summative assessments. Members of the DLM team contributed to discussions and subsequent papers regarding the use of learning models at a national meeting sponsored by CETE and SRI International.
Three white papers are now available on CETE’s website and make the case for using these models as the basis for the development of a variety of assessments across the four consortia. The DLM authors include Sue Bechard, Neal Kingston, Carrie Mark, Alan Sheinker, Kelli Thomas, and Patti Whetstone.
The papers were distributed during a meeting of consortia representatives in October 2012 in Washington, D.C.
The following can be downloaded for free in Adobe PDF from CETE: https://cete.drupal.ku.edu/publications
- “Why should cognitive learning models be used as the foundation for designing next generation assessment systems?”
- Authors: Sue Bechard, Karin Hess, Chris Camacho, Michael Russell, and Kelli Thomas
- “Understanding learning progressions and learning maps to inform the development of assessment for students in special populations”
- Authors: Edynn Sato, Kate Nagel, Renee Cameto, Alan Sheinker, Donna Lehr, Nancy Harayama, Gary Cook, and Patti Whetstone
- “Technical considerations for developing assessments that include special populations and are based on organized learning models”
- Authors: Patricia Almond, Neal Kingston, Hillary Michaels, Edward Roeber, Sandra Warren, Phoebe Winter, and Carrie Mark