The Training of Special Education Teachers in Norm-Referenced Testing

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,3
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the training that special education teachers receive in norm-reference test administration, scoring, and interpretation.
  2. identify ways to improve the norm-referenced testing skills of special education teachers in their district.
  3. advocate for greater inservice training for special education teachers in the area of norm-referenced testing.

Description

Special education teachers frequently administer norm-reference tests (NRTs) used in special education eligibility determination. However, little is known about the training they receive in this area. This poster presents the findings from a survey of 142 special education faculty members regarding the training they provide to teacher trainees in NRT use; results suggest that teacher trainees receive significantly less training than school psychology trainees. Implications of these findings for school psychologists will be discussed.

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Presenter(s)

Adam Lockwood, Western Kentucky University
Ryan L. Farmer, Oklahoma State University
Karen Sealander, Northern Arizona University
Margaret E. Schmitt, Western Kentucky University

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