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Course: #398

Assessment for Special Education Eligibility

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1 Hour  

Assessment of speech-language skills for children referred for special education must marry federal requirements with clinical best practice. This course will review federal special education requirements associated with evaluation and identify additional requirements states and local school districts may generate. It will identify best practice regarding selection, administration and analysis of standardized assessments (e.g., review of normative population, use and abuse of subtests, interpretation of test results) . The course will conclude with discussion of use of intervention data and informal assessment strategies (e.g., observations, artifact review, speech and language sampling) to inform eligibility decisions.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to identify federal requirements associated with evaluation for special education.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify possible additions to federal requirements established by the state or the local school district.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify best practice in administering standardized assessments.
  • fter this course, participants will be able to identify effective informal assessment.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-10 Minutes Review of federal requirements associated with evaluation for special education
10-20 Minutes Roles of states and localities in adding requirements to federal provisions
20-35 Minutes Review of best practice in administering standardized assessments
35-55 Minutes Review of informal assessments
55-60 Minutes Summary and Q & A

Course Presenter

lissa power defur

Lissa Power-deFur, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Lissa Power-deFur is Professor and Program Director in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Longwood University.  She previously worked at the Virginia Department of Education in special education and student services, where she worked collaboratively with general educators, special educators and related services personnel to facilitate student achievement.  She has offered numerous presentations on the educational relevance of speech-language impairment, collaboration, and the Common Core State Standards.  


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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)


Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with SpeechPathology.com. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.