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Assessment for Special Education Eligibility

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Course Learning Outcomes
After this course, participants will be able to identify federal requirements associated with evaluation for special education.
After this course, participants will be able to identify possible additions to federal requirements established by the state or the local school district.
After this course, participants will be able to identify best practice in administering standardized assessments.
After this course, participants will be able to identify effective informal assessment.

Course Abstract
Assessment of speech-language skills for children referred for special education must marry federal requirements with clinical best practice. This course will review federal special education requirements associated with evaluation and identify additional requirements states and local school districts may generate. It will identify best practice regarding selection, administration and analysis of standardized assessments (e.g., review of normative population, use and abuse of subtests, interpretation of test results) . The course will conclude with discussion of use of intervention data and informal assessment strategies (e.g., observations, artifact review, speech and language sampling) to inform eligibility decisions.


Sep 16, 2020


Audiologist , Speech Language Pathology CE



Credits / Hours

ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Lissa Power-deFur, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Lissa Power-deFur is Professor and Program Director in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Longwood University. She previously worked at the Virginia Department of Education in special education and student services, where she worked collaboratively with general educators, special educators and related services personnel to facilitate student achievement. She has offered numerous presentations on the educational relevance of speech-language impairment, collaboration, and the Common Core State Standards.

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