When are students tested? 1
What subjects are tested? 1
What types of questions are used? 1
How are test results used? 1
Improvement of instruction
What tests are used? 1
Districts may choose between 3 norm-referenced standardized tests (most recent versions)
approved by the Board of Public Education:
- Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (grades 4, 8, 11)
- Iowa Test of Basic Skills (grades 4, 8, 11)
- Stanford Achievement Test (grades 4, 8, 11)
Are students with disabilities exempt?
Exemptions given to students for whom assessment with accommodations would still not allow for
adequate measurement of attainment of educational goals, as determined by the IEP team.
What accommodations are available so that students with disabilities can participate? 2
Accommodations available as recommended by IEP team.
Accommodations must be similar to those used in instructional setting.
How are scores of students with disabilities
School, district, and statewide reports combine ("aggregate") scores of students with and without disabilities.
In the future, school, district, and statewide reports will both combine ("aggregate") and separate ("disaggregate") scores of students with and without disabilities.
1 Source: PEER Project Survey to expand and update information from Annual Survey of State Student Assessment Programs: Data on 1995-96 Statewide Student Assessment Programs. (Fall 1996). Council of Chief State School Officers.
2 Source: PEER Project review of state policy documents. Documents provided by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). Information confirmed and updated by the PEER Project through direct communication with state officials.
3 NOTE: The IDEA Amendments of 1997 require that all students be included in statewide assessments.
Montana Parent Center on Disability
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1500 North 30th St., Room 183
Special Education Building
Billings, MT 59101-0298
1-800-222-7585 in MT
Contact: Katharin Kelker
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