Teacher perceptions and the consequential validity of an alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities

Andrew T. Roach, Stephen N. Elliott, Sandra Berndt

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Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to understand the variables that influence teachers' perceptions regarding one state's alternate assessment process and results. Elementary and secondary special education teachers (N = 113) from across Wisconsin participated, submitting case materials for one of their students. These materials included the a copy of the students' Wisconsin Alternative Assessment (WAA) rating scale and current Individualized Education Program (IEP); a brief survey regarding their perceptions of the WAA; and a curricular access questionnaire that documented which WAA items were part of the student's curriculum during the current or previous school year. A stepwise multiple regression analysis was conducted to determine the relationship between predictor variables and teachers' perceptions as reported on the teacher survey. The results indicated student grade level accounted for the small amount of the variation in teacher's positive perceptions of the WAA. These results are discussed in the context of consequential evidence for the validity of the WAA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-175
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Disability Policy Studies
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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