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SPED 403 Assessment in Urban Special Education

This methods course will introduce students to the basic psychometric foundations of standardized and classroom-based assessment to inform data-based decision-making about exceptionality, eligibility, and educational programming for urban students with disabilities. Students in this course will learn models of educational assessment, practice methods of observation in classroom and clinical education settings, and administration of standardized assessments of academic achievement. Concurrent enrollment in SPED 405 places candidates in an urban education/special education setting to complete applied learning activities.


Special information

Approved CoursePrerequisites - Admission to the School of Urban Education.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective January 1, 2022 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Implement required prereferral intervention procedures.
  • Select and use assessment measures and procedures that are technically adequate and appropriate for the student and specific assessment purpose, including assistive technology supports where appropriate
  • Design, facilitate, and support a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation process using unbiased assessment measures.
  • Produce and maintain the reports, plans, and student assessment and performance data that are required by due process procedures and the school system according to the timelines for each.
  • Communicate the results of assessments and the evaluation process to students, families, teachers, and other professionals.
  • Assess the impact of race, gender, familial background, socioeconomic status, and cultural and linguistic diversity on assessment results and the special education referral, evaluation, planning, and programming process.
  • Apply systematic procedures for compiling and using data for the purposes of continuous progress-monitoring, modification of instruction, and program and schoolwide improvement.