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What do Assessment Results Really Say?

August 29, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

There is an old adage: “Statistics never lie, but statisticians do.” In other words the results are not just the data, but rather how one analyzes and interprets the data. When reviewing assessment results, be sure to look at the actual assessment scores reporting grade level and percentile performance. I have had school psychologists claim that a child scoring in the first or second percentile is in the “low average range.” When they say this, my question to them is, “How low does the student have to score to be in the low range?” Also review the individual sub-test scores because the Broad Scores are averages that don’t always identify the needs of the student.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Cracking the Special Education Statistics Code

January 1, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

I need your help.  Phew, I said it, I feel much better now.  I’ve been staring at these Special Education Statistics below for an hour and I keep coming to the same conclusion.  You see, statistics are like men, they tell you whatever you want to hear.  The School Districts look at these statistics and tell you that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) must be working because there are very few Due Process filings each year.  Read the rest of this entry →

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