Accountability for Services for Young Children With Disabilities and the Assessment of Meaningful Outcomes: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist Purpose This article describes the federal accountability requirements related to young children with disabilities and the contribution of the speech-language pathologist (SLP) to provide these data through the use of authentic, functional assessments. Method The article summarizes recent state and federal developments related to assessment for accountability and ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 2009
Accountability for Services for Young Children With Disabilities and the Assessment of Meaningful Outcomes: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kathleen Hebbeler
    SRI International, Menlo Park, CA
  • Robin Rooney
    Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Contact author: Kathleen Hebbeler, SRI International, Center for Education and Human Services, 600 Mockingbird Place, Davis, CA 95616. E-mail: kathleen.hebbeler@sri.com.
Article Information
Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / School-Based Settings / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 2009
Accountability for Services for Young Children With Disabilities and the Assessment of Meaningful Outcomes: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2009, Vol. 40, 446-456. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/08-0025)
History: Received March 1, 2008 , Revised October 16, 2008 , Accepted June 2, 2009
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2009, Vol. 40, 446-456. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/08-0025)
History: Received March 1, 2008; Revised October 16, 2008; Accepted June 2, 2009
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Purpose This article describes the federal accountability requirements related to young children with disabilities and the contribution of the speech-language pathologist (SLP) to provide these data through the use of authentic, functional assessments.

Method The article summarizes recent state and federal developments related to assessment for accountability and draws on the recommendations of national organizations, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, to underscore the importance of high-quality assessment for guiding practice and for documenting child outcomes for accountability.

Clinical Implications/Conclusion The widespread use of recommended practices for assessment will provide children, families, and practitioners, including SLPs, with the highest quality assessment information, at the same time providing states and the federal government with much-needed valid data on child outcomes for accountability purposes.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The contents of this article were developed under a cooperative agreement (#H324L030002) with SRI International from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. However, the content does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and endorsement by the federal government should not be assumed.
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