A place for teachers and other providers of special education services to support each other, share information, and discuss topics, including assessment.

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Deven Black Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Its nice to see so many new people arriving here. Please take a few moments to tell us about yourself, especially about your interests beyond the classroom.

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Hi Ida, Glad that you joined

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Hi Ida,

Glad that you joined our forum! With your knowledge I am sure that people will be inspired by your discussions and posts. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Hubert

Senior officer at the Ministry of Education in Portugal

Countries differences

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Countries and societies are different and perspectives from different actors may also diverge.
Ultimately, the core issue is to support children and youth with disabilities to overcome barriers and around this main interest we may converge. I'm willing to share the latest policy developments regarding inclusion in Portugal. We follow the international and european strategies regarding inclusion in mainstream schools.

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Hi Ida, Looking forward to

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Hi Ida,

Looking forward to reading about international and European strategies regarding inclusion in mainstream schools. There is much global knowledge.

Hubert

I am a self-contained,

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I am a self-contained, special education teacher. I have 6 students in my room and am working on portfolios for 4 of these children. I have noticed that we have teachers from all over the US and even some from other countries. I'd like to know how your state or country assesses your students.

I'd love to hear how Portugal

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I'd love to hear how Portugal assesses the growth of your special education students.
In Arkansas, we do portfolios on some of our students. The portfolios show the students have mastered areas in literacy (Oral and visual comunication, writing, reading)in math (numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability) and in 5th grade science (life, physical, Earth and space). The entries must fit the student's grade level and must be appropriate for their age. This is even when your student is a 5th grader and is functioning at a 18 months level.

Senior officer at the Ministry of Education in Portugal

Assessment in Special Needs Education

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SEN pupils have Individual Education Plans that are agreed between the school and family of the pupil. The concept of SEN pupil is filtered to those with permanent disabilities and special measures and support are concentrated on these pupils.
Regarding learning objectives that coincide with the national standard curriculum they are evaluated as any other student. In what regards specific objectives that are designed for the pupil and are not in the standard curriculum the terms of evaluation have to be agreed in the IEP and it’s the school that evaluates whether they are achieved, according to a qualitative scale of «not satisfying», «satisfying» and « over satisfying».
SEN pupils are treated on an individual basis, each case is particular. SEN pupils have an individual process that is documented year after year.
In what regards exams, the necessary adequate measures are guaranteed (sign language interpreters for deaf pupils, exams in Braille for blind pupils, extra time to make the exams).

Personally I'm a supporter of formative evaluation for all pupils, based on constructivist methodologies (e-portfolios, project-based learning, webquests, etc) but unfortunately the quantitative evaluations prevale for certification. Comparative achievement indicators (at international level)and rankings of countries and institutions are considered important. I have serious doubts of these comparisons, I have the feeling we are in a permanent contest, loosing the essence of learning.

Autism Specialist

Autism Specialist in Brussels

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Hello-New to the group. I have recently moved my practice to Brussels from Holland. I have worked in the field of special needs for 13 years, and I love what I do. I would like to know if there are any members in this group who live in Europe? I am American, but have lived overseas for the last 8 years.
I look forward to meeting some of you!
Kelly

parent of a high school hospital homebound student, and a middle school gen

Does anyone know if there are

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Does anyone know if there are any rules/statutes that allow intermittent hospital homsbound high school students to particpate in high school sports while their grades are recorder as "incomplete"? My son has three classes that need grades input and the delay in doing so has restricted him from participating in sports. His work is completed, the grades have not been input/updated.

Pre-K -5th grade Special Educator

Special Education Teacher

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Hello my name Lisa. I hav been teaching for approximately 4 years. I was a 2nd-5th grade inclusion teacher for two years and I am now in my second year of teaching in a self contained Pre-K through 4th grade classroom. My students are severe profound with multiple disabilities, and no verbal communication skills. I enjoy seeing their growth even though it may appear minute to some. I hope to network with those of you who have taught students I have just described. I am seeking an understanding of how to affectively give meaning to their learning. I look forward to sharing with you all. Have a great holiday season.

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Childswork.com is a non-profit site that provides Child therapy resources, focusing on therapeutic tools used by counselors, teachers and therapists. We are also a popular education blog as well that is geared towards Special Education related topics.

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