The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) was established in 1990 to provide national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs). Since its establishment, NCEO has been:
- Working with states and federal agencies to identify important outcomes of education for students with disabilities.
- Examining the participation of students in national and state assessments, including the use of accommodations and alternate assessments.
- Evaluating national and state practices in reporting assessment information on students with disabilities.
- Bridging general education, special education, and other systems as they work to increase accountability for results of education for all students.
- Conducting directed research in the area of assessment and accountability.
NCEO focuses its efforts in the following areas:
- Needs Assessments and Information Gathering on the participation and performance of students with disabilities in state and national assessments and other educational reform efforts.
- Dissemination and Technical Assistance through publications, presentations, technical assistance, and other networking activities.
- State Data Collection Technical Assistance to assist states in continuing to meet the challenges of collecting comprehensive, accurate, and consistent data on the participation and performance of students with disabilities.
- Collaboration and Leadership to build on the expertise of others and to develop leaders who can conduct needed research and provide additional technical assistance.
NCEO offers the following kinds of materials and services for state personnel, educators, parents, and others concerned with the educational outcomes of all students:
- An extensive publications list that includes technical reports, state activity updates, policy documents, and self-study guides.
- Criteria for evaluating existing policies on large-scale assessments.
- Recommendations for developing assessment policies and guidelines for participation, accommodations, reporting, and accountability that include all students.
- Current information on assessment projects and other efforts to collect data on the educational outcomes of all students.
- A national network of people who can assist states and other agencies as they consider assessment issues.
Martha Thurlow, Ph.D.
For Further Information:
National Center on Educational Outcomes
University of Minnesota, 207 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455