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MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education


Students will take more than one type of assessment throughout their educational career. It is the teacher' s job to determine which type of assessment will help their students achieve success. The researcher believes that the state of Virginia has a limited amount of alternative assessments for students with special needs. She decided to investigate which types of assessments would be effective for her students. The children who participated in this study are students who receive special education and English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) services. The researcher created several alternative mathematics assessments and administered them to four students during a three month period. The researcher found that students with special needs and ESOL services performed better on alternative assessments. These types of assessments allowed them to demonstrate their understanding of the topic being studied.

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