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The Use of Tests as Part of High-Stakes Decision-Making for Students: A Resource Guide for Educators and Policy-Makers | U.S. Department of Education | Office for Civil Rights

Letter from
Norma V. Cant?, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Richard W. Riley
U.S. Department of Education

Norma V. Cant?
Assistant Secretary
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education

December 2000

Permission to reprint this publication is not necessary. However, if the resource guide is reprinted, please cite it as the source and retain the credits to the original authors or originators of any of the documents contained in the Appendices. For questions about reprinting material in the Appendices, contact the author or originator of the document. The full text of the resource guide is available at the U.S. Department of Education?s Office for Civil Rights? (OCR?s) web page, www.ed.gov/offices/OCR. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternate format (such as Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request. For more information, please contact OCR by telephone at 800-421-3481 or by e-mail at OCR@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call OCR?s TDD number at 877-521-2172.

This resource guide has been developed by OCR in an effort to assemble the best information regarding test measurement standards, legal principles, and resources to help educators and policy-makers ensure that uses of tests as a part of decision-making that has high-stakes consequences for students are educationally sound and legally appropriate. The resource guide is intended to reflect existing test measurement and legal principles. The resource guide is not intended to and does not add to, or subtract from, any otherwise applicable federal requirements. This publication supersedes any earlier drafts, notes, or other preparatory versions of this document.

Table of Contents/Index
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INTRODUCTION:  An Overview of the Resource Guide
CHAPTER 1:   Test Measurement Principles
CHAPTER 2:   Legal Principles
APPENDIX A:  Glossary of Legal Terms
APPENDIX B:  Glossary of Test Measurement Terms
APPENDIX C:  Accommodations Used by States Table
APPENDIX D:  Legal Compendium
APPENDIX E:  Resources and References

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