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Marti Collins's picture

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.

Marti Collins's picture

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.

Ida Brandão's picture
Ida Brandão
Senior officer at the Ministry of Education in Portugal

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 <>, <> 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.

Kelly REDDEN's picture
Autism Specialist

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!

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

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.

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L. Horton
Pre-K -5th grade Special Educator

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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Janice Whitney
Retired Special Education Teacher and Mother of cured Dyslexic son

Hi, I am new to the forum but I would like to set up a clearing house for parents to go to find out interventions/ treatments/ aids to help them understand and get help for their LD students. I have several interventions which helped my son and my students with their LD.
I have taught over 40 years in High School teaching over 22 different subject courses from - Geography to Economics, Marketing, Co-op, Guidance, ESL, and Special Education. I have taught in 5 school boards and 13 schools from rural settings, inner city, vocational and suburban schools.
I work with an amazing Doctor - Dr. Harold Levinson who is a neurologist and psychiatrist from New York who basically cured my dyslexic son. See my other posts for details. I also have an eye doctor who works with prism lenses and computer program Fast Forward from California. I would like to converse with parents and other educators who also know interesting interventions and treatments for LD students.

Kim's picture
Special education teacher from Lexington, KY

Hi there! I have been a special education teacher now for 8 years! It is a new experience every single day!! I love my kids and love coming up with new ideas to help them succeed. Check out my blog to see what I am working on now!!

kg's picture
elementary ed/special education

Hello everyone,
I have 10 yrs. experience in the special education field. This is my 6th year teaching. I look forward to the discussions and ideas of this group.

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